A journalist working for RT has been detained in Baghdad, the community’s Arabic channel has reported.
The correspondent, recognized as Ashraf Al-Azzawi, was reportedly taken to an unknown location by Iraqi safety forces beneath the pretext that his work allow had expired.
RT Arabic mentioned that, in a name with the reporter, Al-Azzawi mentioned the group that had carried out his arrest was concerned with preventing organized crime within the metropolis.
The Iraqi authorities additionally reportedly closed an workplace utilized by RT journalists in Baghdad and confiscated their gear.
Al-Azzawi has been an RT correspondent in Iraq since 2008. He has coated army operations in Mosul, Tikrit, Fallujah, and Ramadi, and different operations which have occurred in Iraq over the previous decade. In 2015, he got here beneath mortar hearth from terrorists whereas masking occasions in Ramadi.
The journalist has interviewed quite a few Iraqi dignitaries, together with former Vice President Ayad Allawi and former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. The veteran reporter beforehand obtained an honorary quotation from the Iraqi Ministry of Protection.
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