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Media Roundtable: Who Is Behind The Deadly Attacks On Journalists And Activists In Iraq?

"ما نموت - we shall not die" #Baghdad, #Iraq on October 25, 2019
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"ما نموت - we shall not die" #Baghdad, #Iraq on October 25, 2019

On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we're discussing the ongoing killings and attacks on activists and journalists in Iraq. Thousands of people from across Iraq recently converged in Baghdad demanding accountability for the killing of more than 600 protesters and activists.

Today’s guest independent journalist Nabil Salih reports that in October 2019,Iraq’s youth took to the streets, to demand a dignified life akin to that enjoyed by many of their rulers’ families abroad. They wereslaughtered like sheep by security forces and unidentified gunmen, under the former government of Adel Abdul Mahdi. Hundreds were killed and thousands were wounded inan unequal standoff that is still being falsely described as“clashes” byinternational media. That year, the usual chaos, corruption and death was a part of everyday life for most Iraqis.


Nabil Salih, independent journalist and photographer from Baghdad, whose writings and photographs have appeared in Jadaliyya, The New Arab and other publications

Web Resources:

openDemocracy, Nabil Salih: Iraq - assassinations, repression, and the struggles of daily life

Al Jazeera, Nabil Salih: Baghdad: A solitary walk through a crime scene

DW: Will killers of Iraq's activists finally face justice?

open Democracy, Nabil Salih: George W Bush's finest piece of war