London (KurdishMedia.com) October 2009: Recently the figures of ill treating journalism during the month of September, after the election defeat for KDP/PUK, are released by an independent Kurdish organisation.
During September 2009, in the four Kurdistani governorates of Sulemani, Arbil, Duhok and Kirkuk, all controlled by PUK and KDP, journalists are ill-treated. 21 journalists are arrested – 3 in Arbil, 13 in Sulemani and 5 in Duhok. 30 journalists were sopped reporting on various occasions - 10 in Arbil, 12 in Sulemani, 6 in Duhok and 2 in Kirkuk. 11 were physically assaulted; 3 were fined; and, 20 were threatened. Moreover, during the same month - September, 14 journalists were verbally abused and 3 were sacked from their jobs.