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Massive government violations against journalists while covering the Green Zone demonstrations


On Monday (August 29, 2022), a group of journalists was injured, and others were arrested when security forces dispersed protestors who had stormed the Republican Palace, a ceremonial building inside the Green Zone in Baghdad.


JFO received reports from media organizations that its cadres had been injured and arrested while performing their journalistic duties in Baghdad.

Shafaq News agency stated that "a number of journalists, including our cameraman, were arrested as a result of security forces' use of smoke bombs to disperse the sit-in demonstrators in the government palace building."

Furthermore, Al-Rasheed TV reported that "the security forces arrested the channel's staff responsible for covering the demonstrations within the Green Zone," in addition to Al-Jazeera, where it was confirmed that its team in Baghdad had also been arrested.


Journalists also reported to JFO that many teams were assaulted and their equipment was destroyed.


Moreover, a press source said that "the media teams of Al-Arabiya, Fallujah TV, and U TV were assaulted, and their recording equipment was damaged," adding that "the reporter of Al-Fallujah channel was injured, according to early information."






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