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Iraq’s Civilian Activists Under Siege

Civilian activists in Iraq have increasingly been subject to attacks, killings and threats from the authorities, militias and terrorist organizations.
Relatives of missing people wait to fill application forms at a Human Rights office in Ramadi, 100 km (60 miles) west of Baghdad February 26, 2012. The Human Rights ministry in Iraq launched a campaign to test DNA and identify bodies. Around 300 suspected mass graves have been discovered around Iraq since Saddam Hussein was overthrown in 2003. Picture taken February 26, 2012.   REUTERS/Ali al-Mashhadani (IRAQ - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR2YKDR

Following the fall of the dictatorial regime, Iraq is still at the top of the list of states whose journalists, media figures and other social activists are exposed to abuse and persecution.

According to the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory (JFO), the first two years following the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq (2012 - 2013) were the worst since the fall of the former regime in terms of violations of press freedoms.

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