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US Consulate General in Erbil Commends Decrease in Press Freedom Violations in Kurdistan Region

Gulan Media February 21, 2024 News
US Consulate General in Erbil Commends Decrease in Press Freedom Violations in Kurdistan Region

In a recent statement released on Tuesday, the US Consulate General in Erbil announced a notable decrease in press freedom violations within the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (IKR). The statement highlighted a positive trend observed in several annual reports from media freedom watchdogs, indicating a decline in violations from 2022 to 2023, particularly in the realm of journalist arrests.

The Consulate General expressed encouragement regarding this trendline, commending the efforts of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in enhancing the media climate within the region. The statement underscored the importance of fostering an environment conducive to press freedom and applauded the KRG for its strides in this direction.

Moreover, the Consulate General outlined plans to further support the KRG in responding to legitimate press inquiries promptly. It disclosed intentions to facilitate the training of several KRG spokespersons in the United States, aimed at providing them with insights into the operations of government press offices.

The announcement comes on the heels of a prior declaration by the consulate on February 7, wherein the United States expressed satisfaction at witnessing a "significant decline" in press freedom violations within the Kurdistan Region.

This development signals a positive shift in the landscape of press freedom in the IKR and underscores the importance of continued efforts to uphold and promote the principles of a free press. As both local and international stakeholders continue to monitor the situation, such strides towards enhancing media freedom are crucial for fostering transparency, accountability, and democratic values within the Kurdistan Region.

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