Aswat al-Iraq is an independent Iraqi news agency
that reports on Iraqi affairs in an objective, vocational and balanced manner.
Aswat al-Iraq covers news of political, economic, cultural, sports and security
issues, as well as the changes in Iraqi civil society and personal feature
The agency was established as the first
independent agency in the history of Iraq, with the participation of an Iraqi
network of correspondents, in addition to three Iraqi journals, and with the
assistance and financing of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and
administrative and technical training by Reuters Foundation.
The Arabic wiring of Aswat al-Iraq started on 21
November, 2004. In addition to the Arabic service, the agency offers news through
its Kurdish and English services, as well as photo and voice services on its
site www.aswataliraq.info. Future
plans include adding a video service to the news agency.
Aswat al-Iraq received the services of the Reuters
Foundation for three and a half years, at which point it had completed it is
editing and administrative skeletons in 2008. The United Nations continued its
support through the UNDP and the UNESCO through 2010.
In order to continue the work of Aswat al-Iraq
and to preserve its independence, in 2009 the agency moved to subscription based
services, after providing free services to local, Arab, and international media
for over four and a half years.
Aswat al-Iraq strives to be where the news is
happening, and present the news in a quick and accurate manner, defined by
objectivity and trustworthiness.
The agency will try to behold the truth,
transmitting in both words and photos the Iraqi opinion and the opposite for
all political, religious, and social components.
Its professional cadre are scattered throughout Iraqi
provinces and cities. They complete their tasks according to the principles of
independent journalism under the agency's charter of honor which coincides with
these principles and criteria.
Since 2009, a number of Iraqi, Arab and
international media organizations, in visual-audio-printed sectors, have subscribed
to the agency, in addition to ministries, governmental institutions, diplomatic
corps and companies.
It has cooperation agreements with a number of
media organs and international news agencies.
Aswat al-Iraq will continue to open and forge new
channels with Iraqi press and media organs, irrespective of their inclinations,
to create an atmosphere for free press and the work of journalists in the
The agency will try to consolidate the positive
openness with Arab and foreign media, as well as with the civil society
organizations which are strategic allies.
Aswat al-Iraq is aiming to be a training center
for young Iraq journalists to further their education, in addition to training
the agency's cadre to enhance their already proven skills.
The agency is administered by an Iraq board; overseen
by its Editor-in-Chief Hussein Mohammed Ajeel.
We open our doors wide to every promising
journalist, and welcome criticism as a means for further development and