Marlene Förster and Matej Kavčič are on their way home!

German journalist Marlene Förster and Slovenian journalist Matej Kavčič were deported today by Iraqi authorities after a month in detention. Official charges are still unknown. Today, both will arrive in their respective home countries. The two journalists were arrested by the Iraqi military in the Şengal (Sinjar) region exactly one month ago (April 20) while on their way back from celebrating the Yazidi…

Press release: First contact with attorney after a month for journalists detained in Irak, Marlene Förster and Matej Kavčič

The two journalists detained in Baghdad, Matej Kavčič and Marlene Förster, were able to contact their attorneys for the first time on May 15th and 16th. This has been their first official contact with an attorney since they were arrested on April 20th 2022. The contact was made possible in connection with a judicial hearing….

What is this about?

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…