The Iraqi Observatory for Press Freedoms demanded that the
security authorities disclose the fate of journalist Saif Hilal al-Azzawi,
editor-in-chief of Al-Adhamiya website, who was arrested at a cafe in the
Adhamiya district north of Baghdad on Sunday.
The observatory, quoting journalists, said that "Saif Hilal al-Azzawi, editor of Al-Adhamiya News website, was arrested by security forces at 12 o'clock on Sunday night when he was at a popular cafe."
They added that "the forces took al-Azzawi to the house of his wife's family and searched the house, and then they took him to an undisclosed location. There was no confirmation as to the nature of the charges against him."
The Iraqi Observatory for Press Freedoms called on the authorities to release Azzawi, explain the reasons for his arrest, and ensure his personal safety.