BAGHDAD, June 26 (KUNA) -- The Iraqi Supreme Judicial Council announced the
release of Iraqi Journalist Riyadh Qassim on Sunday upon a recommendation
issued by Al-Risafa Court, based on lack of confirmed evidence incriminating
Qassim was arrested June 3 in breach of the fourth article of the Iraqi law
on terrorism, as indicated in the press release issued by the Supreme Judicial
The Journalistic Freedoms group meanwhile said that it will raise the issue
of the Qassim arrest as a breach of freedom of opinion and breach of
journalistic freedom in Iraq.
The arrest had caused upheaval and protest within the Iraqi media circles,
with informed sources saying both the President and Vice President Adel
Abdelmahdi had been following up developments of this case till the
Qassim, aged 70, is a liberal and has an experience and record of service
with an array of Iraqi and Arab media institutions spanning several decades.
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