ERBIL — The deterioration of security situation in Iraq’s capital has provided the armed groups with the freedom to conduct arbitrary violent acts and kidnap Kurdish journalists and media activists, said a lawmaker.
Kurdish member of the Iraqi parliament, Shakhawan Abdullah, told BasNews that the threats are rising in an attempt to limit the presence of Kurds and their media activities in Baghdad. He revealed that most of the armed attacks target the Kurdish media activists and their offices.
According to latest figures obtained by MP Abdullah, 524 people were kidnapped in 2015 with 875 cases of murder in Baghdad only. He revealed to BasNews that 354 other cases of abduction with 518 murders were recorded in 2016.
“In the first half of 2017, 200 people were kidnapped in Baghdad while an equal number of people were killed,” the lawmaker stated.
He called on Kurdish media activists in Baghdad to deal with the situation carefully while reporting incidents from Baghdad in order to protect themselves against arbitrary acts targeting the lives of the Kurdish individuals in the capital.