Chris Bowers, the British consul general in Erbil, examines the role of the media in a free society.
As a government representative, I am a little wary about commenting on the media in the Kurdistan Region. But as a former journalist and as someone who has followed politics and media here closely, I hope I have the right.
First, a few general points. Democracy is unimaginable without a free media able to hold a government to account. That is why the UK supports free media the world over and will continue to do so. One of Britain’s best known brands is a media outlet: the BBC. We support a free media overseas because we demand it as citizens ourselves.
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