United States Concerned over Use of Defamation and Intimidation in Political Campaigns

The Embassy of the United States in Baghdad expresses its concern over recent reports of harassment, online slander, and defamation of character against candidates for the parliamentary elections.

In particular, we find the attacks and smears against women during the current electoral campaign to be disheartening and reprehensible.  Attempts to insult candidates’ dignity are abusive, violate the principal of fair competition, and threaten the integrity of the electoral process.

We urge an end to these actions and call for an investigation into all alleged violations of electoral regulations.  We also look to all political blocs, candidates, and the media to run respectful campaigns and to uphold the concepts enshrined in the Electoral Charter of Honor signed by political blocs earlier this year.