Archive for March, 2012

March 15, 2012

Workshop on Human Rights and Journalism in Iraqi Kurdistan

Colleague Elisabeth Eide and I conducted a three day workshop initiated by Norwegian People’s Aid for 26 Kurdish journalists in Sulaimaniyah, Iraqi Kurdistan March 2012.. The discussions focused on the use of anonymous sources, journalism in post conflict societies, gender perspectives and feature reporting. In the evenings we had roundtable discussions with editors and representatives from leading media institutions. We also went to Erbil and met with journalists and human rights activists there, and were impressed by their courage and resolution.

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A trip to Halabja where 5000 civilian Kurds, lots of children among them, were killed by chemical weapons by Saddam Hussein’s forces in 1988, was a poignant experience. To be invited to ordinary peoples’ home and experience an incredible hospitality was equally unforgettable, although in a much more pleasant manner.