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Kurdish Press Law A Threat to Freedom of ....
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Date: Thursday, 13 December 2007, at 10:43 p.m.
Kurdish Press Law A Threat to Freedom of Expression and Democracy
By Ardalan Hardi
The Kurdistan National Assembly, led by President Barzani’s Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), on Dec. 10 passed a Press Law that mandates fines for journalists and news organizations for “insulting officials.” Journalists could face jail time and or fines of up to 10 million Iraqi Dinars. Newspapers would be forced to pay as much as 20 million Iraqi Dinars.
This law is a clear violation of international media standards that jeopardizes freedom of expression and threatens Kurdistan 's democracy. Criticizing public officials should not be a criminal offense.
...your complaint would carry some weight, not to mention some ethics, if you people allowed freedom of expression yourselves. I mean you're here in fucking AMERICA!, for god's sake and act like any Kurdistani official anxious to save himself from "insults".
...isn't that what you all yell about when you demand people be banned and posts deleted...? Don't you HATE to be "insulted"? Isn't it about the WORST thing that can be done to your greatness? What's the difference between Magpie and any Kurd bitch who doesn't want to be called one?
...wullah if you idiots could fine and imprison people for "insults", you would...in heartbeat.
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