A force of Asayish stormed the “Gav News” foundation in Dohuk province, forced its employees to leave, and then closed the institution with red wax.
The association learned from its sources that the break-in force threatened to arrest the workers if they reacted or informed the public of the closure, or communicated any information about the nature of their raid.
A source familiar with the incident said that the closure was the result of the conflict between the president of the province, Nijervan Barzani, and his cousin, Prime Minister Masrour Barzani, after the foundation, which is close to Nijervan, highlighted issues and files against the policy of the Prime Minister during the election period, opposing Barzani..
The Press Freedom Advocacy Association condemns the incident, saying the authorities in the Kurdistan region are adopting a police like approach to the media, contrary to the stipulations of the Iraqi constitution
As the protector of the Constitution, the Association calls on the President to address his responsibilities and save the remaining freedom of journalistic work in Kurdistan.