Assailed on all sides

Iraq is one of the world’s most dangerous countries for journalists. They are often targeted by gunmen with pro-government militias throughout the country as well as by militant opposition groups including the Islamic State, which still poses a threat despite having been forced to retreat. The murders of journalists go unpunished, and even when investigations are opened they yield no result. There is a great deal of social and economic tension, especially in Iraqi Kurdistan. Investigative coverage of corruption or embezzlement exposes journalists to serious threats. Journalists have to work in a very politicized environment in which the media are regarded above all as political tools.

in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index



158 in 2017

Global score


54.03 in 2017

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2019
  • 1
    media assistants killed in 2019
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