About Metro Center

•Metro Center has been established in 2009, by the attempts of a group of journalists and human rights advocates, supported by Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), aiming at monitoring free press situation in Kurdistan Region of Iraq.


•Metro has been established according to the Kurdistan region code of the non-governmental organizations, number (1) in 2011, and has received the formal license from Kurdistan Regional Government. By providing grants for the center's projects.


•Since the establishment, it has been supported by each of Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), Norwegian People Association (NPA), and International Media Support (IMS), and (Intrnews), and And provided the US State Department,


•Metro Center monitors the implementation of Media Code number (35) in 2008 and the Code number (11) of the rights of Access to Information, and also monitors the way the government deals with the international regulations pertinent to the protection of the rights of freedom of speech and journalistic freedoms, working with the government and the NGOs to put those rights in action and to spread them out.


•Metro has representations in Kurdistan Region cities, Baghdad, and some European capitals.

•Metro works cooperatively with international and Iraqi NGOs.

•The Center has a network of more than 100 volunteers, working in allover the cities of Kurdistan.

•Since the establishment, through issuing announcements of supportive and gatherings, protests and demonstrations; the Center has been working on expanding the rights of knowing and Press rights.


The Founders:

•The journalist martyr Ammar Al-Shabander, the lawyer Razaw Sharif, the journalist Hiwa Othman, the journalist Twana Othman, and the journalist RahmanGhareeb.

•From 2009 to 2018, through election processes; each one of the lawyers Razaw Sharif, Mariwan Hama Saeed, Aawat Ali, RahmanGhareeb, and DyareeMuhammed has become the Director of the Center.


The Vision:

The Press freedom and the right of knowing are the essential bases of democracy, pluralism and human rights.



The Goal:

•Consolidating principles of human rights and democracy, expanding press freedom and right of knowing, defying the phenomenon of escaping penalty for the crimes that would be committed against journalists, spreading out the principles of tolerance and press ethics, defying discourse of hatred and a grudge, and consolidating principles of equity.


•The Center defends the rights of access and providing information to journalists and freedom of speech, defending those rights in front of the courts.


•Metro annually issues a report or more, documenting violations against journalists and free press, and also arranging demonstrations and gatherings against those violations. Moreover, it holds workshops, seminars, and press conferences to protect freedom of speech and human rights.


The Sponsor:

•International Media Support (IMS) and advertisement's income.


The Implemented Projects:

•The Project of Legal Awareness, supported by (IWPR) in 2010.

•The Project of Legal Awareness for Interior Forces, supported by (IWPR) in 2010.

•The Project of Metro Media, supported by (NPA) in 2013.

•The Project of Violations' Report, in cooperation with the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory (JFO) and supported by the Norwegian (NPO) in 2013.

•The Project of Defending Journalists in war regions, in collaboration with GENEVA CALL organization in 2015.

•The Project of Monitoring the Violations at the level of Iraq, in cooperation with the National Journalists' Syndicate in Iraq (NUIL) in 2017.

•The Project of the Digital Security, supported by the cooperation of Gulf Center for Human Rights during 2015, 2016, and 2017.

·        Project partner (Aswatna) supported by the American organization Internews 2019 to 2022

·        A training project for Iraqi Component Journalists in partnership with the CDO and with the support of the US Department of State 2019

·        Book, study on social media with support from CDO 2019

·        A project to monitor media coverage of components in the Kurdistan society.


·        A financial support project for Syrian journalists and civil activists in the Kurdistan Region 2020-2021, with the support of the International Media Support .

·        The Kurdish Media Monitoring and Monitoring Project for the Minority Issue 2021, with the support of the International Media Support.

·        The Iraqi Parliament Election Observation Project 2021 with the support of the International Media Support.

·        The Kurdish media monitoring project for how it covered, women and youth participation, and addressed the issue of hate speech, during the election campaign for the Iraqi Parliament 2021, with the support of the International Media Support.

·        Legal Support Project for Journalists 2021, with the support of the International Media Support.

·        project to train journalists on how to cover the victims during armed conflicts 2021, with Geneva Call.



The Membership:

•Member of Human Rights Advocates' Conference 2014 in Tunisia

•Member of Human Rights Advocates' Conference 2015 in Istanbul

•Member of Human Rights Advocates' Conference 2018 in Beirut

•Partner with International Media Support organization (IMS)

•Partner with the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory (JFO) and the National Journalists' Syndicate in Iraq (NUIL)

•Member of (Insan) Human Coalition in Jordon 2018 for writing the reports of (UPR)

•Partner with Civic Development Organization (CDO), and Democracy and Human Rights Development (DHRD) in Kurdistan Region


•2019 Became a partner of Internews to implement projects in Iraq.

• Member of the Human Rights Defenders Conference September 2021 in Istanbul.

The Awards:

•Sorani Mama Hama Award for Free Press 2014 in Sulaimany

•Hady Al-Mahdy Award for Free Press 2015 in Baghdad

•Human Rights Defenders Award 2018 in Baghdad

•Widat Hussein Award for Free Press 2018 in Duhok

•Metro has been awarded tens of appreciation awards


 The Publications:

11 annual reports about the situation of free press 2011 to 2020

•Zhn Magazine, supported by (IMS)

•Report pertinent to Kurdistanian Journalism, supported by (NPA)

•Report of Kirkuk journalistic condition 2016, supported by (IMS)

•Questionnaire pertinent to rights of knowing in Kirkuk 2017, supported by (IMS)

•Report of monitoring hatred and grudge discourse in religious priests'' oration 2014

•Report of monitoring the image of woman in Kurdistanian Media 2015, supported by ASUDA organization

•A Questionnaire on the level of Kurdistan about rights of knowing 2016, supported by (IMS)

•A Comparative Study pertinent to the Free Press Code 2017, supported by (IMS)

•A booklet of Human Rights Questionnaire in Duhok 2018, supported by (IMS)

·        EvidenceMobaile journalism                            2020

·        Journalism and Social Responsibility Book2020


Iraqi Kurdistan Region

Sulaimany-Shorsh Quarter- Zara Market-4rd Floor

Center Manager : 07701523300

The Center Director: 07700004147

Interior Relations: 07701528887

Electronic Website: www.metroo.org

Email: metrocenter2009@gmail.com