Wednesday, September 19, 2012
British journalist Julia Shaw is going to be the new director of the Independent Media Centre in Kurdistan. She will take over the tasks from Judit Neurink, who started the organisation in 2008 with the help of Free Press Unlimited to build independent media in Iraq.


According to Neurink Iraqi media are not yet aware of what their added value can be in a democratising society. Journalists are accustomed to serve as representatives of political parties, just as they did during Saddam Hussein's leadership. Free access to media is improving, but the government is still putting pressure on Iraqi media.

Since 2008 Free Press Unlimited is supporting the Independent Media Centre Kurdistan by providing trainings and building a stable management and editorial structure. The Independent Media Centre Kurdistan is training journalists of different political, social, religious and ethnic backgrounds. The trainings focus on journalistic skills, ethics and knowledge. This way, the Independent Media Centre Kurdistan hopes to contribute to the improvement of the quality of media in Iraq .

Julia Shaw is an experienced program maker, journalist and trainer who worked for many years for the BBC and in the university sector in the United Kingdom. Shaw will take over as a director in December 2012.