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Afrah Shawqi uncovers reasons behind her kidnapping

Journalist Afrah Shawqi

Journalist and activist Afrah Shawqi, who was released on Tuesday after kidnapping her nine days ago, asserted that she was blindfolded and locked in a cell for nine days in which the kidnappers were interrogating with her over her writings.

In a press conference on Wednesday, Shawqi said that the kidnappers were asking her about her posts on social networks as well as her articles published in Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper.

She added that after four days from her abduction, the kidnappers started to discuss releasing her in condition of not identifying them.

Shawqi pointed out that the kidnappers had returned her to the place where they had kidnapped her nine days ago.

Iraqi journalist Afrah Shawqi, a reporter for al-Aalem al-Jadeed online newspaper, was kidnapped from her home in Saydiya city in southwest Baghdad by an unknown armed group.

 Shawqi was abducted few hours after posting an article on the internet in which she was criticizing groups and militias in Iraq who she describes as "those who think themselves above the law".

It is worth mentioning that Shawqi had always wrote articles criticizing political and administrative corruption in Iraqi government as well as the spread of armed groups and militias in Iraq.
 
Seven reporters died in Iraq in 2016, out of a total of 57 who died in in conflict areas across the world, according to a recent report by Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

Last Modified: Wednesday، 04 January 2017 09:06 PM
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