Brutal Assault On A Journalist In Kurdistan

Source : http://www.rsf.org

November 10, 2009 - Reporters Without Borders today called for police to do their utmost to find those responsible for a “cowardly” physical attack on leading Iraqi Kurdish investigative journalist Nabaz Goran, who has just left Erbil, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, to seek refugee in Sulaymaniyah to the east.

The 32-year-old editor of the independent Kurdish-language bi-monthly Jehan (World) was set upon by unknown assailants and brutally battered about the face and head as he was leaving his office in the Iskan district of the Erbil, on 29 October.

“I had just come out of the office, when three men unknown to me approached me and asked me if I was Nabaz Goran. I replied that I was and they then attacked me. One of them was armed with a blunt metal object which he used to hit me on the head and face while the two others rained punches on me. They did not stop insulting my mother and my sisters”, he told Reporters Without Borders, speaking with difficulty because of pain from his injuries.

Goran believed his attackers to be from Kurdish Democratic Party (KDP). He made a formal complaint to the police, but told the worldwide press freedom organisation, “I am not under any illusions, the police are in the pocket of the KDP”, adding that he never wanted to see the city again.

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