Asayish (security) forces in Sulaimani raided NMC’s main headquarters in Sulaimani on December 19, 2017, with the excuse of a decision by Ministry of Culture and Youth. They halted broadcast of our channels, radios and the website.
Following an investigation into the halt of our broadcast, we were informed that the broadcast of NRT channels would be halted for a week according to decision number 5002, signed by Culture and Youth Minister, Khalid Abdulrahman Doski, on December 19, 2017. A representative of Asayish has entered the various parts of our corporation for several hours until the time of writing this statement.
We as the Nalia Media Corporation call on the Kurdistan Regional Government, members of Iraqi and Kurdistan parliaments, the organizations defending journalism, those who are with freedom and the ministry of culture and youth to abide by the decision; and to allow the rebroadcast of our channels at 7 p.m. on December 26, 2017 as the week that the ministry decided on ends. There will be no excuse to further extend the suspension of our broadcast.
NRT and Kurds in the Kurdistan Region and abroad are waiting for the rebroadcast of our channels with hope.
Nalia Media Corporation
December 25, 2017