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Press freedom in Iraq: Why some journalists are receiving death threats


This week marks one year since hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Iraq to call for the removal of the country's ruling elite. The deadly rallies led to the resignation of then-prime minister Adel Abdul Mahdi. Today, it's not just the protest movement that's under threat. Some media outlets have been shut down, while a number of journalists have been detained or even received death threats. We're joined from Erbil by Hiwa Osman to hear about his experience of working as a journalist in Baghdad covering those protests and why he had to flee the capital.


Meanwhile, in Egypt, it's been 50 years since the death of Gamal Abdel Nasser, who was president of the country from 1954 to 1970. To this day, Nasser inspires debate among Egyptians and the Arab world alike. For many, he was a liberation hero, who took the country back from British control. Critics, however, saw him as a symbol of populist authoritarianism. Our Egypt correspondents Claire Williot and Edouard Dropsy take a look back at his legacy.

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