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From Basra to Baghdad: Radio Free Iraq Earns Praise

Radio Free Iraq Receives an Award in Basra, Iraq.
Authorities in southern Iraq have recognized RFE's Radio Free Iraq "for upholding the principles of democracy and for standing by the Iraqi people in their suffering."

So said a 'Certificate of Honor' presented to Radio Free Iraq recently by the Cultural Counselor for the Basra Governorate Abdul-Ameer Al-Wa'ili. Wa'ili praised the station for "serving the Iraqi people and their democratic aspirations while avoiding divisiveness, categorization, sectarianism, and ethnic bias."
Radio Free Iraq is a credible, impartial outlet that stresses accuracy and facts and figures.

The head of the Iraqi Journalists Union in Basra, Haidar Al-Mansouri, used the presentation ceremony to discuss the numerous challenges facing journalists in Iraq. Among them is the fact that a law aimed at protecting journalists has yet to be enacted.

"Iraqi journalists are courageous," he said. "I'm particularly fond of Radio Free Iraq's news coverage. I listen to it because it is a credible, impartial outlet that stresses accuracy and facts and figures."

In 2008, Radio Free Iraq's Baghdad bureau won the BBG David Burke Distinguished Journalism Award in recognition of its courage and integrity. Radio Free Iraq was launched in 1998 and reaches approximately 20 percent of the population across the country.

- Joseph Hammond