Happy end of Media bo Khalk 2

The 22 students of Media bo Khalk (Al Ilam al nas, Media for People) 2010/2011 were presented with certificates to celebrate the end of their 8 months post graduate course in journalism. The ceremony took place on Monday July 4, 2011 in Erbil.

Guest speakers were the KRG Minister of Culture, Youth and Media, Kawa Mahmoud, and Public Diplomacy officer Selim Ariturk of the US RRT in Erbil. They both spoke about the importance of independent and professional media for Iraq.

Falah Mustafa Bakir, the Head of the Department of Foreign Relations of KRG, sent a letter in which he stated that 'maintaining honesty and helping build hope and heal the wounds of the past is the signal role that journalists play'.

The second Media bo Khalk was possible thanks to American, Dutch and Kurdish funds. The latter came from PUK leader Mallah Bachtiar, and from former KRG prime minister Nerchirvan Barzani, who explained in a letter the reason for his support is 'the need for professional journalism in the new Iraq. In the wake of decades of despotism and suppression of freedom of speech, there is a considerable lack of professionalism amongst the members of the Iraqi media'.

Parwa Ali, chairwoman of the IMCK board, led the ceremony, in which IMCK-director Judit Neurink announced plans for the next course, to start in November, in close cooperation with the University College of Falmouth.


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