Wednesday, September 2, 2009

British Gov reassures support for free media in Kurdistan and Iraq

Erbil/Mariwan Faydullah Salihi
United Kingdom’s General Consul in Erbil repeated his country’s support towards free media, during a visit to Iraq’s first post-graduate journalism course.
“We want to develop and support free and independent media all over Iraq, including Kurdistan Region”, said Jeremy Macadie. The United Kingdom (UK) is supporting the journalism course, together with the Netherlands Foreign Ministry, the United States and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).
The Independent Media Centre in Kurdistan (IMCK) is offering the course to more than 15 students from all over Iraq, in Kurdistan’s capital Erbil.
Macadie also found that the media in Kurdistan was very aligned to political parties. “That is not healthy for the readers”, according to him.
He criticized the Kurdish media for publishing many untrue stories. “There are many surprising ill-founded speculations in Kurdistan’s media”.
“Learning to differentiate between fact and opinion is the main goal for this journalism course. That is why we (British government) decided to support it”, said the General Consul.
The post-graduate journalism course started on the 1st of August, 2009 and will last for eight months.

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