Iraq: Media watchdog offices raided

The offices of Journalistic Freedoms Observatory (JFO), an Iraqi media watchdog, were raided by around 30 armed men on Wednesday. The men took away computers, cameras, video cameras, bulletproof jackets and archives from the office. The director of JFO blamed the government for the attack: “The government is behind this attack. The JFO is fighting for media freedom to become a reality in Iraq and, as such, clearly poses a threat to the authorities”.