A Collaboration with University of Pittsburgh   

Iraqi Interior Ministry bans cameras from sites of bomb attacks

[JURIST] The Iraqi Interior Ministry [JURIST news archive] said Sunday that it will no longer allow news photographers or cameramen at the scenes of bomb attacks. Brigadier General Abdel-Karim Khalaf, head of the ministry's national operations center, told AFP that the prohibition was enacted in response to evidence being disturbed before the arrival of investigators, respect for the victims, and to prevent bombers from learning the extent of the aftermath of their attacks. Khalaf denied that the ban was infringing freedom of the press, but instead called it "a measure followed all over the world."

Sunday's announcement is only the most recent of a number of restrictions on the media in Iraq. Last week Iraqi Council of Representatives [official website, in Arabic] approved legal action [JURIST report] against Al Jazeera [media website, in English] for "insulting" top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani [BBC profile; official website]. In November, the parliament banned journalists from their sessions [JURIST report], as a way to prevent reporting of contradictory statements made by politicians. In early December, the Interior Ministry announced the formation of a specialized unit that would monitor news coverage [JURIST report] to correct "fabricated and false news" that the ministry claimed gave the Iraqi people the wrong impression that the situation in the country is worse than it actually is. The ministry also threatened to sue journalists who refused to comply with orders to modify their stories. AFP has more.

Support JURIST

We rely on our readers to keep JURIST running

 Donate now!

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.