In Kur­dis­tan free­dom of press is be­ing mis­used and the me­dia makes mis­takes

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By: N. M. Mo­ham­mad

Me­dia is free in Kur­dis­tan. How­ever, hav­ing no ob­vi­ous lim­its for the free­dom of me­dia has had neg­a­tive ef­fects on the use of the prin­ci­ples of free mass me­dia. This, of­ten, has dam­aged the Kur­dish na­tional in­ter­ests. Me­dia ex­perts be­lieve that defin­ing the bound­aries for this prac­tice can ben­e­fit the coun­try.

It has been more than six months since Kur­dis­tan re­gion has been fight­ing a vi­cious en­emy that does not be­lieve in hu­man val­ues or moral prin­ci­ples. In to­day’s world, me­dia tech­nol­ogy plays an im­por­tant role as part of this strug­gle. ISIS’s me­dia ini­tially chose its own hor­ror tac­tics. They al­ways try to spread fear and shock in the hearts of peo­ple in or­der to ap­pear in­vin­ci­ble. Some­times, when ISIS pub­lishes a video it be­comes the ti­tle of many of the Kur­dish me­dia with­out any con­sid­er­a­tion that they are work­ing in fa­vor of the ISIS. Other times, the Kur­dish me­dia dis­closes se­cret mil­i­tary in­for­ma­tion, of­ten un­in­ten­tion­ally, with­out any con­se­quences legal or oth­er­wise.

Dr. Ta­her Hasso Zibari, Head of Me­dia Depart­ment at the Col­lege of Arts at Sala­haddin Uni­ver­sity told Hewler that me­dia in Kur­dis­tan is not prac­ticed pro­fes­sion­ally and it has not been able to abide by any moral stan­dards of the pro­fes­sion. He be­lieves it's due to the legal vac­uum in the Re­gion be­cause if one does a mis­take there is no legal mech­a­nism for pun­ish­ing him/her and that is why the me­dia pub­lishes what­ever it wants. He con­firms that even the ex­ist­ing me­dia laws are not ap­plied.

Dr. Ta­her be­lieves that the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment is re­spon­si­ble in this par­tic­u­lar sit­u­a­tion and states that even if it is with a few rules and reg­u­la­tion, all the me­dia should be in­formed about some im­por­tant things re­gard­ing what to pub­lish and not pub­lish. The gov­ern­ment should have en­acted laws to pun­ish those busy with off-bound­ary ac­tiv­i­ties. He refers to Amer­ica as an ex­am­ple: even though the press is very free, they have also set lim­its for the me­dia peo­ple so that no­body can pub­lish some­thing that may dam­age the na­tional se­cu­rity in­ter­ests.

Fur­ther­more, Hakim Azad Ha­mad-amin, the Leader of the Jour­nal­ism Syn­di­cate in Kur­dis­tan told Hewler that there are many flaws in the Kur­dish me­dia that need to be re­viewed as many sights pub­lish news items and pic­tures that ben­e­fit the en­emy more than the na­tion. He also men­tioned that in the near fu­ture, with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the gov­ern­ment jour­nal­ists and uni­ver­sity teach­ers, an op­er­a­tion room will be opened to dis­cuss the is­sues in and of the me­dia.

Mr. Ha­mad-amin also be­lieves that th­ese is- sues are ex­ist­ing be­cause there are no com­pre­hen­sive and per­ma­nent laws for the me­dia in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. He added that the cur­rent laws ap­plied were writ­ten at a time when peo­ple val­ued free­dom of press more than the Re­gion’s in­ter­ests. More­over, in his point of view, even if the free­dom of ex­pres­sion is es­sen­tial, the Re­gion’s na­tional in­ter­ests are much more im­por­tant. If the me­dia shows more re­spon­si­bil­ity when they pub­lish sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion then surely the Re­gion and Pesh­merga’s suc­cesses would be more se­cured than they are now.

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