Ekurd – Kurdish Journalist missing for 3 months after arrest in Barzani-controlled Iraqi Kurdistan

Sleman Mohammed Ahmed, an Arabic editor for RojNews, was arrested at the Semalka border crossing (pictured) in October 2023. (Janet Biehl/CC BY-SA 2.0)

Sleman Mohammed Ahmed, an Arabic editor for RojNews, a news outlet affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), was arrested by Kurdistan Regional Government security forces at the Semalka Border Crossing between Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) and Iraqi Kurdistan (Bashur) on October 25, 2023. The article reports that numerous Kurdish journalists are currently imprisoned in the Barzani-controlled regions of Iraqi Kurdistan, with many receiving lengthy prison sentences.

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