Iraqi Kurdistan court upholds journalists jail sentences

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An Iraqi Kurdistan court’s decision to uphold the sentences of five activists and journalists on Sunday has been condemned by diplomats as a “violation of press freedom”. Journalists Ayaz Karam, Sherwan Sherwani, and Guhdar Zebari, and activists Hariwan Issa and Shvan Saeed were sentenced in February to six years in prison, charged with endangering the safety and sovereignty of the country. The five covered or took part in last year’s anti-government protests and were prosecuted by Kurdish authorities using the Iraqi penal code. The appeal court first upheld the decision at the end of April. A…

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