A Kurdistan journalist has been sentenced to six months of prison for writing an article about homosexuality. Dr. Adel Hussein, journalist and medical doctor, has already begun serving his time in Erbilâ€™s central prison.
Last year, Adel Hussein published an article on the Hawlati al-Kurdiyah, an independent newspaper in Suleimaniyeh, second city of the province. In it, he talked about same-sex relations. He was then accused of encouraging homosexuality.
According to a law recently voted by the Kurdistan-Iraqi parliament, the arrest of journalists because of their writings is forbidden, but they may be fined if found guilty of displeasing with their opinions.