On 04/20/2022, German journalist Marlene Förster and Slovenian journalist Matej Kavčič were arrested in Şengal, Northern Iraq. They have since been detained at the headquarters of the Iraqi Intelligence Service in Baghdad. So far, no official reasons for their detention are known. Neither of them has had the opportunity to speak to a lawyer. Only once Marlene Förster was visited by a member of the German Embassy.