Metro Center Journalist Rights & Advocacy – Where did press freedom violations happen in the Kurdistan Region in 2023 and who was responsible?

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A recent report by the Metro Center for Journalists’ Rights and Advocacy has highlighted how the Kurdistan Region continues to grapple with persistent violations of freedom of expression and press. Despite a decrease in total violations from the previous year, the report says that nearly five violations occurred weekly on average in 2023. Analysis of the report reveals that the majority of incidents occurred in Erbil, which is controlled by the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).