Iraqi TikTok star Om Fahad shot useless outdoors her Baghdad residence | EUROtoday

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An Iraqi TikTok star identified to her followers as Om Fahad was fatally shot in a late-night assault outdoors her residence in Baghdad, authorities mentioned.

A lone assailant on a bike approached Fahad, whose authorized identify is Ghufran Sawadi, as she sat in a black SUV on Friday night time. He fired pictures contained in the automotive earlier than working off, based on safety digital camera footage aired by Iraqi TV.

Iraq’s Interior Ministry mentioned it arrange a staff to research the killing. No arrests have been made.

Fahad turned fashionable on TikTok with almost half 1,000,000 followers and movies of herself dancing to Iraqi music and exhibiting her day by day life.

Last yr, the Iraqi authorities launched a marketing campaign to clear social media content material it mentioned violated “morals and traditions.”

A committee was established to scan social platforms for clips it deemed offensive. The authorities additionally created Balgh, a web based platform the place customers might report content material to be taken down.

Fahad was amongst six Iraqi content material creators final yr to obtain jail phrases starting from six months to 2 years for “offending morals and public decency.” Authorities opened investigations into eight different creators. Some have been pressured to apologize and take down their content material.

A report by Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor, a Geneva-based nonprofit, discovered the trial was marked by imprecise prices and had no grounds for indictment.

This isn’t the primary time a well-liked Iraqi social media content material creator has been killed.

In 2018, Tara Fares, a mannequin and Instagram creator with over 2 million followers, was shot useless in broad daylight in her automotive in Baghdad. No arrests have been made within the case. The Interior minister on the time accused “extreme outlaw groups” of being behind the killing.

While Iraq’s structure protects freedom of expression and the press, it stipulates that such speech should “not violate public order and morals.”

TikTok is among the hottest social platforms in Iraq, utilized by almost 32 million folks, based on the Iraqi Digital Media Center, an unbiased monitoring group.

The platform has sparked controversy lately for what officers name the “disintegration of the Iraqi social fabric.” The Communications Ministry in March requested it’s banned.

Snell reported from Washington and Salim reported from Baghdad.