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Press Freedom organization complains of attacks in Kurdistan.

French-based Reporters without Borders (RWB)

issued a complaint here Tuesday against security forces of the Patriotic Union

of Kurdistan (PUK) because of a growing number of violent attacks and

arbitrary intimidation of journalists working in PUK areas.

A statement from the press freedom organization said that both written and

audiovisual press were the target of physical attacks, arrests and even

abduction attempts.

From February to May, 40 physical attacks, including fractures, were

reported and there were 23 brief arrests of reporters, as well as two

abductions, RWB said in a statement.

This trend is also apparently growing and there are an increasing number of

incidents involving PUK security forces and the press. In addition, RWB

accused police of ignoring attacks against journalists.

"Many journalists have been the target of deliberate physical attacks in

the past week as police officers and members of the security forces of the

Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), one of the two main parties that form the

government in Iraqi Kurdistan, looked on without intervening," the

organisation said.

Moreover, several journalists who filed complaints for assaults said there

was no follow-up by police.

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Publication:Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)
Date:Jul 19, 2011
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