Asos Hardi will discuss The Management of Savagery, a book written by a lesser known al-Qaida leader, Abibakir Naji. The book, considered “The Bible” of ISIL strategy, has been available on the internet for a decade. It clearly defines ISIL’s worldview, their strategies, and their brutal behavior.
Asos Hardi is an independent journalist and publisher in Iraqi Kurdistan, an area that possesses few watchdog journalists. Local and Western journalists frequently turn to him as a reliable regional analyst on political affairs.
He is the founder, former editor-in-chief and currently director of Awene Press & Publishing Company, one of the few non-political party run publishing companies in the region. Under his leadership, the newspaper Awene (the Mirror) has become one of the only truly independent newspapers in Iraq today.
He was also a founder of Hawlati (Citizen) newspaper, considered to be the first independent newspaper in Iraqi Kurdistan. He served as editor-in-chief of Hawlati from 2000 to 2005.
In 2009, he received the Gebran Tueni Award, an annual prize by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers that honors an editor or publisher from the Arab region who demonstrates an attachment to freedom of the press, courage, leadership, ambition, and high managerial and professional standards.
Hardi also is a member of Human Rights Watch's Middle East and North Africa advisory committee.
He was asked in an interview at the Frontline Club in London in 2005, whether there were any red lines limiting the work of his newspaper. "Red lines are everywhere,” he said, “even in this country. However, a good journalist can cross all the red lines. There is always a way of crossing."
In crossing those lines, Hardi has frequently been charged with libel under Iraq’s broad libel laws and in summer 2011 he was attacked and brutal beaten outside his newspaper offices. “The attack on the respected journalist Asos Hardi is the latest example of the grave risks faced by independent media workers in Iraqi Kurdistan,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch.
Co-Sponsors: Center of Border & Global Journalism and The Center of Middle Eastern Studies