Kurdish Democracy Needs Free and Professional Media

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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