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December 16, 2020 Find out more Call for probe into murder of 11 close relatives of online newspaper editorReporters Without Borders is shocked by the murders of 11 close relatives of Dia al-Kawwaz, the Amman-based editor of the online newspaper Shabeqat Akhbar al-Iraq, in an attack on his family home yesterday in Baghdad. Kawwaz recently received telephone threats from Iraqi militia members.“We call on the government to order an investigation to identify those responsible for this carnage and to bring them to justice,” the press freedom organisation said. “The impunity reigning in Baghdad for the past five years encourages attacks on journalists and their families. It is even more disturbing when security forces see what is happening and yet take no action. Police at a security checkpoint near the Kawwaz family home failed to intervene or give chase.”Reporters Without Borders added: “Iraqi journalists are defenceless and powerless in the face of the militias operating in the capital. Like Kawwaz, hundreds of them have sought refuge abroad but the relatives who have remained in Iraq are exposed to reprisals.”According to a report posted on the Shabeqat Akhbar al-Iraq website, around five gunmen entered the Kawwaz family home in the northeast Baghdad neighbourhood of Al-Shaab shortly after 7 a.m. yesterday and shot dead two of Kawwaz’s sisters, their husbands and their seven children, aged 5 to 10. They then blew up the house before leaving in a vehicle with no licence plates. Neighbours said police at a nearby post did not intervene.Kawwaz told Reporters Without Borders he recently received telephone threats from members of the Shiite Badr militia that is the armed wing of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council. Aged 46, Kawwaz is known for being very critical of Shiite leaders in the government and of Iranian meddling in Iraqi politics.Created in 2002, Shabeqat Akhbar al-Iraq is an online newspaper specializing in Iraqi politics. Kawwaz edits it from the Jordanian capital of Amman because of the dangers for journalists working inside Iraq.At least 206 journalists and media assistants have been killed in Iraq since the US invasion in March 2003. There are also 14 Iraqi journalists of whom there has been no news since they were kidnapped. Reporters Without Borders is astounded and angry to discover that a journalist’s claim that 11 of his close relatives were murdered last weekend is false. Amman-based Iraqi journalist Dia al-Kawwaz had claimed on 26 November that 11 members of his immediate family were shot by gunmen the previous day in Baghdad.“We are obviously relieved to learn that the Kawwaz family is safe and sound but this journalist’s behaviour is unacceptable,” the press freedom organisation said. “We are appalled by this deceit, which is not only sordid but also dangerous as it obscures the fact that the families of dozens of journalists have been exposed to violence by Iraq’s armed groups.”Reporters Without Borders added: “A great many journalists have had to abandon everything in recent years – their homes and their loved ones – in order to seek refuge abroad. This case must not be allowed to undermine the credibility of the ordeals they describe.”Journalists with Al-Hurra TV met today in Baghdad with members of the Kawwaz family, who denied Dia al-Kawwaz’s claims and said he must have done it “to obtain money from abroad.” Many Jordanian dignitaries attended a wake organised by Kawwaz in Amman on 26 November.When Reporters Without Borders contacted Kawwaz today he was evasive about the alleged incident and could not name the relatives who had supposedly been killed. Questioned several times by Agence France-Presse, he was unable to give the exact address of the family home where the massacre allegedly took place or where the victims were supposedly buried. On the website of the online newspaper he edits, Shabeqat Akhbar al-Iraq, he said his family had been “pressured to deny the facts.”Kawwaz’s claim had been quickly denied by Iraqi interior ministry spokesman Gen. Abdul Karim Khalaf. “It is a lie,” he said. “Nothing of the sort happened. We always investigate murders of this nature.” Another government spokesman said he had contacted Kawwaz’s mother in Baghdad. News Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan ———————————————————–26.11.2007 News December 28, 2020 Find out more Organisation November 28, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist fabricated claim that his family was massacred Follow the news on Iraq News RSF_en News Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” IraqMiddle East – North Africa to go further Help by sharing this information RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” IraqMiddle East – North Africa February 15, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts
Deadpool Schools Fred Savage On Why We Need To Stop Shitting On Nickelback In New Promo Clip [Watch]
Fred Savage was a lot nicer when he was a kid.That’s the conclusion Marvel superhero Deadpool arrives at in a hilarious but honest promotional video for the new comic-inspired film, Once Upon a Deadpool. The nearly two-minute video features Deadpool (played by Ryan Reynolds) reading a bed-side story to the former child actor in a callback to Savage’s role in The Princess Bride (1987).Everything seems to be going well until Savage goes for the low-hanging fruit of musical insults, Nickelback, to take a light-hearted jab at Deadpool. Big mistake, Fred. The comments strike a sour chord in the musical mind of the gratuitously inappropriate superhero, as Deadpool quickly corrects him with a barrage of undeniable accomplishments and record-sales facts in support of often joked-about Canadian rock band.“I’ve had it with all this Nickelback hating,” Deadpool proclaims angrily to start his impressive rant. The masked character goes on to school a neatly tucked-in Savage on the very impressive career statistics which Nickelback have earned throughout their career since releasing their debut album back in 1996. Deadpool cites the tens of millions of albums the band has sold, in addition to the number of Grammy, Juno, Billboard, and American Music Awards the band has been given over the years. The rant clearly works, as Savage is quick to take back his hurtful comments before the two dive right into an a cappella duet of Nickelback’s 2001 single, “How You Remind Me”.One fact that Deadpool forgot to mention in terms of the band’s accomplishments, is that “How You Remind Me” was also the most-played song on U.S. radio stations throughout the first decade of the 2000s. Take that, haters.Once Upon a Deadpool – Nickelback Teaser Clip[Video: Ryan Reynolds]In all seriousness, it is about time the whole anti-Nickelback movement came to an end. There is no way that Nickelback was the worst thing to happen to music considering all the actual overproduced tunes that have been released since 1996. Anyone who still thinks Nickelback is worth trashing clearly has never listened to iLoveMemphis‘ “Hit the Quan“. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.It’s also worth noting that Americans would rather listen to Nickelback than the U.S. Congress.