Iraq has now seen nearly a year of regular protest, with people across the country voicing their frustration over issues such as poor public services, unemployment, and corruption.
But a recent string of attacks against activists and analysts has highlighted the ever-present danger of speaking out.
Two deadly attacks against activists in Basra in August made headlines around the world and prompted Iraq’s prime minister to pledge tough action to bring those who attack civil society voices to justice.
But can Iraq’s perennially weak government really ensure the safety of activists and protesters? (📹: Al Jazeera)