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Real information about elections is in short supply on Iraqi social media. (photo: شيبرد شربل )
Real information about elections is in short supply on Iraqi social media. (photo: شيبرد شربل )
Real information about elections is in short supply on Iraqi social media. (photo: شيبرد شربل )
Arab Troll Farms?

Tracking Down The Iraqis Behind Their Country’s Fake News Epidemic

Special Correspondent
As Iraqi elections near, the epidemic of disturbing and divisive fake news on local social media only gets worse. But who exactly is behind it? And are they motivated by profit, popularity or a political agenda?
25.04.2018
Facebook With An Agenda:

Hunting For Troll Farms In Northern Iraq

Histyar Qader
In Iraqi Kurdistan, as many as a dozen different Facebook pages, all with hundreds of thousands of followers, coordinate their fake news. And wealthy political candidates are likely paying for the service.
25.04.2018
Bring It On, Haters:

In Northern Iraq, Election Campaigning Takes A Divisive Turn

Honar Hama Rasheed
In the past, there were parades and parties. But this month, in Iraqi Kurdistan, election campaigning has been all about insults, accusations and attack ads. Social media is one of the reasons why.
26.04.2018
Defamed + Dishonoured:

Why Iraqi Politicians’ Sex Tapes Don’t Matter

Manar al-Zubaidi
Whether the pornographic videos being used to defame female candidates in Iraq’s elections are real or not, doesn’t matter. What matters is what the campaigns against women really say about Iraq.
26.04.2018
An Iraqi voters displays the ink stained finger that indicates she voted. This year there will be fewer ink-stained fingers and more digital technology. (photo: كرس هندروس \ جيتي) An Iraqi voters displays the ink stained finger that indicates she voted. This year there will be fewer ink-stained fingers and more digital technology. (photo: كرس هندروس \ جيتي) An Iraqi voters displays the ink stained finger that indicates she voted. This year there will be fewer ink-stained fingers and more digital technology. (photo: كرس هندروس \ جيتي)
Election coverage:

IRAQ VOTES 2018

A list of all of NIQASH's coverage of the most important Iraqi elections in a decade, with links to all the stories published since the end of 2017. We'll keep this page updated and up front until the elections on…
26.04.2018
Folks in Iraqi Kurdistan are not yet sure who to vote for. (photo: حمه سور )
Folks in Iraqi Kurdistan are not yet sure who to vote for. (photo: حمه سور )
Folks in Iraqi Kurdistan are not yet sure who to vote for. (photo: حمه سور )
The Grey Zone:

Iraqi Kurdistan’s Undecided Voters Will Decide Election Winners

Maaz Farhan
Given levels of voter apathy in Iraqi Kurdistan, turnout for elections is expected to be low. Which will make undecided voters all the more important, observers say.
26.04.2018
A poster in Anbar urges locals to vote. A poster in Anbar urges locals to vote. A poster in Anbar urges locals to vote.
An Iraqi Dream:

‘If Election Campaigning Lasted All Year, All The Streets Would Be Paved’

Kamal al-Ayash
In Anbar, locals are benefitting from election campaigning, financially and socially, as would-be-MPs do everything within their power to satisfy voters’ wishes.
26.04.2018
Election Campaigning:

A Plague Of Posters On All Of Baghdad’s Houses

Mustafa Habib
As soon as election campaign posters went up in Baghdad this week, locals were tearing them down - as well as using them to make critical videos for social media.
19.04.2018
Playing Dress-Ups:

Why Military Accessory Stores In Anbar Are A Good Sign For Iraq

Kamal al-Ayash
The military look has been popular all over Iraq but not in Anbar, where the Iraqi army were seen as oppressors. But since the Islamic State group was driven out, that has changed.
19.04.2018
 (photo: اعلام الحزب الديمقراطي الكردستاني )  (photo: اعلام الحزب الديمقراطي الكردستاني )  (photo: اعلام الحزب الديمقراطي الكردستاني )
No More Safe Zones:

Iran Sending Assassins To Iraq, Say Iranian Kurdish Groups

Honar Hama Rasheed
After several murders of members of Iranian Kurdish groups in northern Iraq, accusations are flying. The groups say Iranian influence is increasing and that killers are coming over the border.
19.04.2018