2011: Iraq: Hadi al-Mahdi

Prime Minister Nuri Kamil al-Maliki
Convention Centre (Qasr al-Ma’aridh)
Baghdad
Iraq

President Jalal Talabani
Convention Centre (Qasr al-Ma’aridh)
Baghdad
Iraq

Oslo, 28th September 2011

Your excellencies,

The non-political association of writers, PEN International, is expressing outrage at the murder of prominent journalist, playwright, filmmaker and member of Iraqi PEN Hadi al-Mahdi, who appears to have been targeted for his critical views.

We are also calling for an independent and transparent investigation into his murder, so that those responsible can be brought to justice, and for the provision of full protection to journalists and writers facing ongoing politically motivated threats and attacks.

Thanking you in advance.

Yours sincerely,

Fredrik Giertsen
Norwegian PEN
Wergelandsveien 29
0167 Oslo
Norway

Copy to:
Embassy of Iraq
Torgbygget – rom 301
Nydalsveien 33
0484 Oslo