Sign In / Up

Add contribution as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Comment as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Login

Not a member Register   Forgot Password
or connect using
 

Email

 

Rudaw

Kurdistan

Baghdad delays, rejects visas for journalists visiting Kurdistan: monitor

By Rudaw 13/3/2018
.
.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – A media advocacy group has criticized Baghdad for delaying or outright denying visa applications for foreign journalists wanting to visit the Kurdistan Region. 

Journalists “who want to visit Erbil face obstacles during visa procedures,” the Sulaimani-based Metro Center for Journalists Rights and Advocacy stated on Tuesday.

Iraqi embassy officials ask journalists applying for visas about the nature of their planned reported and, “If the subject is related to the Kurdistan Region, their visa will be denied,” Metro stated. 

The head of Metro’s board, Rahman Gharib, told Kurdish Awena newspaper on Tuesday that “the number of foreign journalists in the Region has dropped by 90 percent” since some 100 foreign journalists attended a press conference with former president Masoud Barzani ahead of the September independence referendum. 
 
The center expressed concern about the delayed or rejected visas, noting that the issue is not limited to visas, but also extends to residency permits. KRG residency permits are not recognized in Iraq, so journalists are “not allowed to step out of the airports,” Metro stated.
 
Metro called on relevant parties and the international community to “lift all strict procedures against journalists traveling to the Kurdistan Region and to end procedures which strain media freedom and information rights.” 

Be Part of Your Rudaw!

Share your stories, photos and videos with Rudaw, and quite possibly the world.

What You Say

Kanee ayoub | 12/17/2018 11:49:14 PM
Thank you
pre-Boomer Marine brat | 12/18/2018 1:00:13 AM
According to Reuters late Monday, Erdogan is saying Trump "gave a positive response" to Turkish plans to move east of the Euphrates.
Turkey offensive in Syria ‘a bad idea’ warns US rep Jeffrey
| 17 hours ago | (4)
guest2002 | 12/17/2018 8:11:42 PM
Why apologize?? For telling the truth???
Coalition spokesman apologizes for sharing tweet ‘insulting’ Turkey
| 18 hours ago | (1)
FAUthman | 12/17/2018 4:55:36 PM
Erdogan hints at possible "room for negotiation with the US", according to VOA!.....hmmmmm!"Although Erdogan said that Turkey could start an...
FAUthman | 12/17/2018 7:16:25 PM
Erdogan says US should "fulfill its promises" to Turkey. But he leaves us guessing at what these promises could be by not telling us what they are....
How feasible is a no-fly zone for Rojava?
| 15/12/2018 | (12)
Unite | 12/17/2018 11:56:57 AM
I beg you unite put down your pride and unite put down your differences and unite this is the chance dont forget kobane we standed with you and will...
alfred | 12/17/2018 3:49:20 PM
kurds should not be stupid to have wrong pride. and for sure - all fractions ,parties of the kurds from all regions must stand together for their...
UPDATE: SDF rejects Peshmerga offer to bolster Syria-Turkey border: monitor
| yesterday at 08:54 | (13)

Elsewhere on Rudaw

Netherlands FM urges Erbil-Baghdad collaboration on disputed territories 3 hours ago |

Netherlands FM urges Erbil-Baghdad collaboration on disputed territories

"We hope to see fruitful collaboration" more
UK visas for Kurds and justice for Yezidis firmly on the agenda 5 hours ago |

UK visas for Kurds and justice for Yezidis firmly on the agenda

My fear is that the goodwill in Kurdistan to the more
Yazidi mothers with children from ISIS fathers 5 hours ago |

Yazidi mothers with children from ISIS fathers

The Gula Nissani center steps in to provide more
0.265 seconds