NUJ Manchester Branch Leads Support for Iraqi Journalist
The Manchester and Salford NUJ branch has launched a campaign in support of a political journalist who fled Iraq in 2010 after being threatened as a result of newspaper articles he had written at the time of the elections.
Rzhwan Amin (Jaf), who had been living in Tameside, Greater Manchester, is now in Morton Hall immigration removal centre, Lincolnshire, after being detained when he went to report at Dallas Court Home Office Reporting Centre, Salford, on January 8th. Rzhwan, aged 32, wrote political reports for a newspaper in Kirkuk, a city which is disputed territory in Iraq and has one of the country's biggest oilfields on its doorstep.
He left Iraq after he was summoned to appear at a meeting of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan party (PUK) to discuss his journalism – he was warned by a friend not to attend because it was a trap. PUK, whose leader is Jalal Al Talabani, the president of Iraq, has a history of dissension with other Kurdish political organisations.