25 August 2016 – Kurdish PEN Centre strongly condemns the killing of RojNews Agency’s journalist Wedat Hussein Ali, whose body was found on a road between town Simel and Duhok city in Kurdistan Region of Iraq, on Saturday, 13th August 2016.
At a time when the Kurdistan Region of Iraq faces numerous political and economical crises, which are mounting day after day, silencing the voices of free journalists and intellectuals is an extremely dangerous sign. According to RojNews Agency Wedat Ali was kidnapped on Saturday morning of 13th August 2016 by unidentified people in Malta district of the city of Duhok. Hours later his body was found on a road bearing horrifying signs of torture. Preliminary information also point out that Wadat was killed under torture with no bullet injuries found on his body. Continue