Iraqi Kurdistan welcomes new media outlet


The Kurdish population of the Middle East has always been silenced and generally banned/discouraged from participating in mainstream media outlets. We can still see this through the wave of Kurdish journalists being imprisoned or murdered almost on a monthly basis throughout the region. But this recent news, covered in the United Press International (via ME Times), gives us reason to be optimistic about independent news in the Middle East (an area where state-owned media dominates the mainstream) and the role of Kurds within it:

ERBIL, Iraq, Nov. 24 (UPI) — The prime minister of Iraqi Kurdistan hailed the launch of the Kurdistan News Agency in the wake of the passage of regional media protection laws.

Nechirvan Barzani, the prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq, said the establishment of the agency, known as AK News, will play an important role in promoting an independent media in the region, the KRG said on its Web site.

Read the full report here.