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June 24 2011

17:20

News Media Face Challenges in Post-Saddam Iraq

The U.S. government pumped an estimated half a billion dollars into revitalizing Iraq's news media after Saddam Hussein was ousted in 2003. It was the first time in three decades that Iraqi citizens had access to a free press, but the current state of news media in the multiparty republic is not what some had hoped for, according to a new report.

Iraq media experts at a recent panel organized by the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) hosted at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) discussed a CIMA report titled "Iraq's News Media After Saddam: Liberation, Repression, and Future Prospects." (You can download the full PDF report here.)

They included moderator Laith Kubba, senior director for the Middle East and North Africa program at NED; Shameem Rassam, an expert on Iraqi media; and Ammar Al-Shahbander, program director at the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR). The report explores what kind of media will be left in the wake of the U.S. military and monetary withdrawal and provides a prognosis for Iraq's nascent independent press.

"The reality on the ground today is a far cry from what Pentagon planners envisioned for Iraq's reconstituted press system," said report author Sherry Ricchiardi, a senior contributing writer for American Journalism Review, who specializes in international issues. "Many of Iraq's media outlets have become mouthpieces for ethno-political factions with the potential to inflame sectarian divides that have led the country to the brink of civil war."

Ricchiardi's report says press freedom continues to be an issue in Iraq.

"While the Iraqi government boasted of freedom of the press and the variety of media outlets, the freedom of journalists to cover certain stories or have access to information remained severely restricted," she noted. "Iraq's new constitution, ratified in October 2005, provided a framework for the protection of basic human rights and free expression. However, criminal laws that were holdovers from Hussein's era remained on the books along with some put in place by the Coalition Provisional Authority, such as Order 14 on 'prohibited media activity,' which has been used to shut down media."

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Hayder Hamzoz, an Iraqi in his early 20s who runs the blog Streets 4 Change, told Ricchiardi: "You can't move around easily [in Iraq], because everybody knows you and everyone in Baghdad has a gun. They can stop your voice with one bullet, they can beat you and no one will care."

Despite not meeting expectations, some things have changed for the better.

"Today in Iraq you might pay the price if you investigate, but you defiantly paid the price under Saddam's regime. [Now] when a journalist shows his press badge in the Iraqi checkpoints, they are feared and respected for their work," said Al-Shahbander, adding that even Prime Minister Nouri Almalki gets nervous when the press publishes something he considers negative.

The majority of Iraqi journalists Ricchiardi talked to for the report had one simple message: "Please don't forget us."

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The post originally appeared on the The International Journalists' Network's site, IJNet.org. IJNet helps professional, citizen and aspiring journalists find training, improve their skills and make connections. IJNet is produced by the International Center for Journalists in seven languages--Arabic, Chinese, English, Persian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish--with a global team of professional editors. Subscribe to IJNet's free, weekly newsletter. You can also follow IJNet on Twitter or like IJNet on Facebook.

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June 13 2010

09:29

THE NEW MEDIA SUBSCRIPTIONS LANDSCAPE

LIBE SUSCRIPCIONS

More for less.

Is this the future of multimedia subscription packages?

Yes.

April 13 2010

10:41

THE INMA/INNOVATION OXFORD TABLET SUMMIT (1)

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Two new speakers for the Oxford Tablet Summit.

Javier Zarracina from The Boston Globe (USA) and Frédéric Filloux the former editor of Libération and 20 Minutes (France).

The news came with the last quote from Rupert Murdioch about the tablets:

“If you have less newspapers and more of these [tablets]… it may well be the saving of the newspaper industry.”

February 03 2010

22:47

LIBÉRATION AT ITS BEST

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Another fascinating special issue.

Covering serious topics.

With an unique presentation.

Plenty of creativity.

And fun.

This what makes Libération controversial and different.

Keeping and improving day by day the INNOVATION’s new editorial and graphic formula.

Libé at its best.

2-3

4-5

6-7

10-11

30-31

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(Thanks to La Buena Prensa)

November 20 2009

15:18

TODAY THE “UNE” OF LIBERATION IS GOOD, BUT PAGES 2 AND 3 ARE MAGIC

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Well, today’s “une” is good.

Instead of the predictable and boring EU new mandarins, Libé played the football card in a big way.

So, I am sure that today they well sell more copies.

Plus, they have a terrific double spread on pages 2-3.

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This is magic!

Simple.

Clear.

Smart.

Inviting.

Well designed.

These two pages are going to become a classic!

Congratulations to the INNOVATION team that was working this week in Paris, and to the Libé staff.

WOW!

November 19 2009

08:25

ONLY IN LIBERATION

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This is why LIBE is unique.

With the INNOVATION’s team in Paris.

ONLY IN LIBE 2-3

November 09 2009

09:19

THE BERLIN WALL IN LIBERATION

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Better than ever.

LIBE leads today the French press with its coverage of the Berlin Wall anniversary.

What a day, November 9 1989, to review today the failure of the world media to forecast the end of the Wall.

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