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Exploiting the Issue of Abducted Yazidi Girls and Women  to Attract Media Spotlight


Iraqi Media House

 Iraqi Media House

Monitors Infiltration of “Daesh” Rhetoric Terms into Press Arenas 


  The Iraqi Media House ‘IMH’ issues a series of reports monitoring the rhetoric  terms used by the Islamic State Organization known as ‘Daesh’,  in their propaganda campaigns and then infiltrated on a large scale into the press coverage of  the different mass media.  

  To this end, the reports issued by the ‘IMH’ seek to compile and explain Daesh rhetoric terms and in the meantime submit alternative ones suggested by specialists to be accepted legally, linguistically, and journalistically.

 The Iraqi Media House stresses that Daesh extremist organization persists in using terms closely associated with historical events or social customs or religious juristic judgments in justifying their criminal operations against both the unarmed Moslem population who are objecting their hard-line visions, and    the other religious and sectarian minorities.

First Report

Exploiting the Issue of Abducted Yazidi Girls and Women

to Attract Media Spotlight

 The ‘IMH’ screens in its  60th report  the media coverage of the kidnapping  of Yazidi women after the Islamic State Organization known as ‘Daesh’ had captured parts of Ninwa Governorate, north west of Iraq.

 As per the report, Iraqi as well as other Arab and foreign mass media, have extensively used the same rhetoric vocabulary utilized by the extremist organization in their dealing with the issue of the kidnapped women on its various well-known Arabic  mass media platforms, while closing their eyes to  the precise legal terms, in their description of the victims of such inhuman practices. 

  The word ‘Sabya’, for example,  and its plural ‘Sabaya’ were commonly used by Arabic mass media in their depiction of the girls, women and children kidnapped by Daesh Organization  soon after imposing their militant power over  the province of Sinjar and other parts of Ninwa Governorate on the 15th of August, 2014.    

  And it is the same word used by the terrorist organization in justifying their inhuman killing, kidnapping and sexual slavery practices perpetrated against as many as  6417 Yazidis, the majority of whom were children and women.

Experts, legal, academic, and professional journalists as well as  Arabic language specialists warned against the serious impacts of using the term ‘Sabaya’ in describing the women abducted by Daesh Organization,  emphasizing the necessity of using the precise term ‘abductees’ or those ‘rescued’ from the organization’s clutches. 

  The Iraqi Media House had monitored a sample of the media coverage carried out by (30) different international, Arabic and Iraqi information platforms and analyzed their coverage of the events from the very beginning of Daesh invasion in August 2014 until the date of releasing this report.

  The monitoring report came to the conclusion that;

1- The term ‘Sabaya’ has been extensively used by the various mass media in describing the Yazidi girls and women who had fallen victims in the clutches of ‘Daesh’, in a manner that entirely corresponded to the attitudes adopted by the extremist organization which focused its attention through their media platforms to legitimize their criminal acts and justify the inhuman conditions of the minority Yazidi women and children in the mindsets of the common Moslems worldwide.

2- The mass media has unjustifiably overlooked the worldly-recognized legal term stipulated in both Iraqi and international laws, under which those women are classified as “abductees’ or “rescued’ from the personal and social violations perpetrated by elements of a terrorist organization. This also applies to the definitions of all the legitimate systems of the countries in which the mass media sample monitored in this report are operating. 

3- Some mass media put the term “Sabaya” between two inverted commas, to refer that it is an irrelevant word, in an attempt to escape the moral accountability of their media materials.

4- The absence of a common reporting policy in some media establishments.  As regards the issue of the kidnapped Yazidi women, it is evident that reporters sometimes use the term “kidnapped’ and at other times the word ‘Sabaya’ is used as well. 

 This shows beyond any doubt the difference between the reporters’ attitudes and mindsets, in the absence of the necessary administrative censorship and legal observation capable of specifying the lexis appropriate to be reported.

5- Some mass media changed their description of the Yazidi women from ‘Sabaya’ to ‘abducted’ or ‘captives’ after a period of time. This indicates that the reporting policies have been revised to surmount the mistakes made earlier.  6- Some government offices made the same mistakes committed by the mass media by using the term ‘Sabaya’ instead of ‘kidnapped women’, and that appeared in some official data in the course of their reference to the Yazidi women.                                                                                                                    That refers firstly to  the impact of the different mass  media, particularly the most popular and credible ones,  on formulating  the collective public  awareness, and secondly it refers to the danger posed by being indifferent   or unconcerned  about the selection of the precise  legal terms in our description of  the criminal acts perpetrated  by the terrorist and militant groups.

7- Taking advantage of the rather difficult and inhuman conditions experienced by the Yazidi women to arouse journalistic thrill, by writing headlines containing sexual insinuations. Something that can ease the effect of the barbaric crimes committed against the Yazidi women on the public opinion.

8- Some information media described the kidnapped Yazidi women as ‘captives’. And even that description is not applicable to them, simply because they are not warriors, neither are they affiliated to any militant group or detained in a battlefield. 


1. Mass media have to seek the advice of experts in law, informatics, and   language, to define the terms that can suitably be used in social matters, particularly those concerned with women and children issues, especially at the times of humanitarian crises resulting from armed violence, due to the fact that the woman situation is known to be highly sensitive in the conservative and traditional Middle Eastern societies. Meanwhile, the vocabularies used by the common people are to be averted on media platforms. 

2- It is necessary for the mass media to revise their reporting policies from time to time and unify the terms used in their rhetoric.  Any shortcoming is to be diagnosed and rectified.   

3. It is imperative for jurists, syndicates, civil  societies and non-governmental organizations to tackle the common mistakes made  in media rhetoric and subsequently identify the poisoned  vocabularies that can impact the audience and make them prepared  to accept the extremist interpretations propagated by terrorist groups, or be more tolerant to the brutal violations perpetrated against the religious Yazidi minorities.    

4. Calling on the human rights organizations concerned with religious minorities’ rights  as well as moral figures, like’ Nadia Murad’,  winner of Nobel peace prize, to exercise intensive pressures on both Arab and international  mass media, urging them to substitute the vocabulary used in their coverage of  the activities undertaken by terrorist groups, particularly the Jihadists - substitute it for other lexis based on classifying the acts perpetrated by them as ‘ downright crimes’ against humanity.

  Pretexts of neutrality or subjectivity have no place in dealing with terrorists taking into considerable account that the same crimes are presently being committed in some West African regions and elsewhere in Asia. A collective agreement in this respect is actually a matter of paramount importance.

Experts’ Viewpoints

The experts, legal and long-practiced journalists, academicians and Arabic language specialists,  who had been investigated by the Iraqi Media House, agreed unanimously on the serious impacts of using the term ‘Sabaya’ in describing the women kidnapped by ‘Daesh Organization’. They emphasized the necessity of using the correct term ‘abducted’ or ‘freed’ from the organization’s clutches.

Necessity of Changing Terms

 ‘Dr. Hashem Hassan’ holds the title of professorship in media philosophy.  He has been working as an author and journalist since 1974. He had published several books, researches and thousands of articles, and presided over the deanship of the Information College of Baghdad University for long years.

   In the course of a study conducted for the Iraqi Media House, Dr. Hassan said, “Daesh used the symbol that can arouse Islamic feelings to win followers and in the meantime terrorize their opponents through the language and terms borrowed from the Holy Quran, and from Prophet Muhammad’s Quotes and Sayings so as to create the atmosphere that can stir up religious emotions”.   

  He adds emphatically that any attempt to seek alternative vocabularies other than those abused by Daesh is a “highly sensitive issue and necessitates a long profound study of the Arabic Islamic heritage.”

 “Any attempt to find alternative and contemporary terms has to be made without arousing any religious sensations, and through moderate rhetoric that can gradually draw the carpet from under the feet of those who propagate the hate rhetoric”, Dr. Hassan emphasized.

The term ‘Sabya’ in the eyes of the law

 ‘Mr.Dlophan Al-Barawrry’, MA in law, is an investigative journalist, and presides over a Volunteering Lawyers Network defending freedom of speech.

   He said in the course of a study conducted for the Iraqi Media Network, “The so-called Islamic State Organization, known as ‘Daesh’ had taken good advantage of a group of terms borrowed from some religious and ideological connotations and from the literary heritage of the Islamic Caliphate, and they attempted to systematically and elaborately propagate such terms to become an indivisible part of the reality and the stereotyped language used by all.”

  He added saying, “Daesh Organization managed during its expansionist period to make the common people use such terms normally in the course of their daily life. Likewise, those terms had regretfully been infiltrated into the media contents of many press establishments, being unaware that they might be unlawful or even regard them, one way or the other, as hate terms constituting a serious encroachment upon some categories of Iraq’s society.”

The term ‘Sabya’ is legally baseless

 Al-Barawrry illustrates that the word ‘Sabya’ and its plural ‘Sabaya’ means a woman captured as a captive by an enemy in a battlefield. Hence, she becomes, as per the religious concepts, a slave owned by the person who had caught her, and who can do whatever he likes with her. She simply becomes at his disposal and quite ready for being employed, hired, raped or even sold.

  He referred that that term had been used in the Islamic literary heritage and applied to the women who were imprisoned in the battlefields and then distributed among the fighters as part of their bounties. Accordingly, the organization borrowed that term and applied it to the abducted girls and women, particularly the Yazidis.

 “The usage of that term has actually no legal basis, since the law does not principally allow the incarceration of women and children during disputes. And in case of being captivated, they must be treated according to human rights’ principles, which preserve their human dignity and incriminates any brutal or inhuman violations against them”, Al-Barawrry emphasized.

Legally Speaking, Yazidi Women Are Abductees

“Concerning the Yazidi women who had fallen under the control of the organization’s elements ‘Daesh’, they are lawfully regarded as ‘abductees’, who had been exposed to criminal kidnapping in the eyes of law.”, Al-Barawrry stressed.

  He added that under law they cannot be described as captives, since captivity occurs in the presence of a dispute among international entities (including two countries or more),  but the organization is internationally regarded as a criminal group (or rather a gang) and all its unlawful acts are classified under the well-known human international laws as ‘pure crimes’ against humanity.

  “Accordingly, the usage of the word ‘Sabya’ or ‘Sabaya’ accommodates the legal position of the victims in a manner entirely inapplicable to reality and creates a religious and ideological dimension and justification to the inhuman unpardonable crimes committed by the organization.” Al-Barawrry emphasized.  

 ‘Sabya’ in Arabic Language

 ‘Dr. Ahmed Hassan Al-Dheferry’, an academician holding a professorship degree in the Arabic language, and has a number of articles and informatics studies.

  In a study conducted by the Iraqi Media House, Al-Dheferry gives the linguistic definition of the Arabic word ‘Sabie’.  He defines it as the act of usurping something coercively from a country and carrying it to another, and this applies to the act of human captivity. Linguistically, it is said in Arabic, the enemy captured ‘Sabyan’ for a male captive and ‘Sabyaa’ for a female one, and the plural of both is ‘Sabaya’.

 He adds clarifying that semantically speaking, the term applies to ‘the enemy’s women and children captured during wartimes not to mention that this term has a religious backdrop due to the fact that it has its reference in the prophetic quotes and sayings.

  Talking of media, Al-Dheferry elucidates that it is erroneous to apply this term to the women kidnapped by ‘Daesh elements’, simply  because in this way we instill in the minds that we are the enemies and Daesh represents the true Islam, whereas the legal and logical depiction of Daesh criminal act is actually ‘abduction and human trafficking”.

Mass Media Monitoring

Firstly: Instances of using the term ‘Sabaya’ by mass media

  1. Satellite Channels:

(Without quotation marks)  

-         From the Sabaya market to a well-known drawer… Iraqi woman ‘Sohayla’ embodies the brutality of ‘Daesh’   

-         Daesh woman convicted of complicity in the murder of a young Sabya girl purchased from the State Organization     

-         Documents proving Daesh State’s hypomania of beards and Sabaya 

-         Yazidi Sabya freed from Daesh…..Unique in removing her distressing memories, with “lifelong ecstasy”


(With quotation marks)

-         Al-Hashd Al-Shabby announces the killing of the Yazidi ‘Sabaya’ official in a rocket attack

-         Yazidi young woman from ‘Daesh Sabaya’ forced into choosing between her son or escape unharmed to Mosul 

-          ‘Daesh’ displays a group of women in  Al-Huweja “Sabaya’ market

-         “Daesh’ fixes the price of ‘Sabaya’ as per women’s age, subsequent to a sharp decline in their resources.


Degla Sat TV Channel 


 (Without quotation marks)


-         Degla Channel discloses a video displaying Arab Daesh elements engaging in selling and exchanging Yazidi Sabaya   

-         Ambiguity surrounding the disappearance of Daesh Sabaya in Tall Afar

-         New details revealed by Daesh wives on Sabaya  trafficking

-         Return of first Iraqi Sabya, after being sold five times at the hands of the terrorist Daesh organization  


(With quotation marks)

-         Daesh sells women as “Sabaya” in Al Huweha

-         Arrest of Daesh element running Sabaya trafficking in Aysar Al-Mosul     

Al-Rashid Channel

(Without quotation marks)

-         Arrest of the Daesh element responsible for Sabaya trafficking in Aysar Al-Mosul   

-         The federal police uncover lab for fixing explosives to vehicles, and the abode used by Daesh to house their Sabaya detainees, south of Mosul  

-         Allawe calls for liberation of detainees and doing justice to Sinjar victims

Rudaw Channel

(Without quotation marks)

-         Caliphate Sabaya…  I was sold three times in a single day

-         Caliphate Sabaya… If not for our neighbors’ betrayal, Daesh could not have occupied any Yazidi village

-         Caliphate Sabaya…. Less  prices for non-Arabic speaking women

-         Caliphate Sabaya …. My suckling baby was taken as hostage for being raped

-         Caliphate Sabaya…. We were betrayed by the driver supposed to rescue us

-         Al-Fallujah …Daesh sold 100 Syrian Sabya in their public trafficking market   

(With quotation marks)

-         Daesh sells “Sabaya” on Facebook

-          “Sabaya” offered as gifts for Quran memorizing  competitions’ winners     


Afaq TV Channel

(Without quotation marks)

-         Federal police detect lab for making explosive vehicles and Sabaya prison, south of Mosul

-         ‘Abu Suraka’ recounts details of Yazidi massacre: Males killed and females taken as Sabaya  

-         (With quotation marks)

-         Arrest of Daesh elements selling “Sabaya, and killing policemen in Mosul

-         Capture of the Daesh element in charge of “Sabaya” in Aysar Al-Mosul



Al Forat Sat TV

(Without quotation marks)

-         Daesh gangs enslaves over 4,000 women as Sabaya in a phenomenon regarded as the most violent practice against women

-         A Yazidi woman representative appeals to the government to salvage the Yazidi Sabaya in Al-Anbar

-         130 Yazidi women sold as Sabaya through being seduced into marriage  


(With quotation marks)

-Detention of the Daesh element responsible for “Yazidi Sabaya”

- Capture of Daesh “Sabaya” executive in Aysar Al-Mosul

- Release of a Yazidi woman from amongst the “Sabaya” in Baghdad


  1. News Websites and Agencies

Alghad Press

(Without quotation marks)

-         Arrest of seven wanted Daesh elements guilty of women trafficking

-         Yazidi women in Al-Be’ag face either rape risk or conversion to new faith

-         Daesh opens market nearby mosque in Fallujah for selling Yazidi women at $500-$2000


Buratha News

(Without quotation marks)

-         Daesh human trafficking market Sabaya sale in Fallujah

-         Daesh opens new Sabaya market inclusive for émigrés in Mosul.

-         Release of Yazidi Sabaya from Daesh clutches in Al Reqa


(With quotation marks)

-         “Daesh Sabaya” jail

-         Mosul citizen purchases “Sabaya” from Daesh Al-Wahabeya for $280, sets them free in Kirkuk 



 Al-Wekala Al-Ekhbareya

(Without quotation marks)

-          Security detains seven elements from Daesh accused of selling Sabaya

-         Daesh Sabaya for sale on social media websites

-         Document witness… Daesh sets prices for Sabaya and booties


Almaalomah News Agency

(Without quotation marks)

-         Daesh terrorists sell Yazidi Sabya for $500

-         Wife of the terrorist “Abu Sayaf”, detained in Baghdad is Yazidi Sabya

-         Daesh sells 3,000 Yazidi Sabya through WhatsApp


(Without quotation marks)

Baghdad Today News

-         Conflict between religion and belongingness forces Yazidi Sabaya into abandoning their own children… No one welcomes them in Iraq

-         Arrest of “Abu Shayma Al-Settony”, officer of Yazidi women in Al-Behag

-         Saudis and Emiratis accused of purchasing Yazidi Sabaya from Daesh for large amounts of money… Their destinies in the hands of such leaderships


(With quotation marks)

-         Security forces requested to interrogate Tall Afar inhabitants involved in  “Sabaya” issue


Mawazeen News

(Without quotation marks)

-         On the anniversary of enslaving women as Sabaya….Yazidis pay the deceased victims of the Turkish raids their last honors

-         With large sums of money…Saudis and Emiratis charged with purchasing Yazidi Sabaya from Daesh




Non News Agency

(Without quotation marks)

-         Daesh offers women from Mosul for sale as Sabaya, choosing the gorgeous ones to their chiefs

-         Security apparatus website declares detention of the so-called Sabaya official in Daesh Organization, in Mosul

-         With photo: Official in charge of Yazidi Sabaya in Daesh detained by Al-Tafoof brigade

(With quotation marks)

-         “Daesh” detains 40 from their leaders, upon Albaghdady’s command,   being charged with embezzlement and putting “Sabaya” to flight

-         “Daesh sells around 300 Iraqi Yazidi women as “Sabaya, each” for $1000


Al- Mustaqila

(Without quotation marks)

-         Document reveals Daesh ‘fatwa’ on the rulings of copulation with Sabaya

-         Daesh-oriented rulings for enjoyable sexual intercourse with ‘Sabaya’ to attract youth


(With quotation marks)

-         “Daesh Sabya” narrates throbbing stories about terror viciousness

-         “Daesh” fixes prices for “Sabaya” to finance their operations


Yes Iraq Agency

(Without quotation marks)

-         Security forces locate the domicile housing the ‘Sabaya’ women, south of Mosul

-         Daesh wives …  in isolation and Sabaya for thousands of dollars

-         Detention of seven terrorists, one of whom was caught selling women as Sabaya in Mosul


(With quotation marks)

-         Video and photos… “Prison of Daesh Sabaya”

-         Federal police: locating the abode of Daesh “Sabaya”, south of Mosul 

Galgamesh Press

(Without quotation marks)

-         New narratives about Daesh Sabaya trafficking

-         Fresh liberation of Daesh Yazidi Sabaya

-         Appalling pictures …. Girls offered for public sale in Daesh Sabaya auction

(With quotation marks)

-         Arrest of the chief in charge of “Sabaya” in Ninwa.

-         German woman brought to trial for purchasing young girl “Sabya” from Daesh

Ultra Iraq

 (Without quotation marks)

-         Yazidi Sabaya

-         Sabya mother attacked by her son with knife … Narratives about “Caliphate cadets” in encampments and prisons  

Tasrebat News

(Without quotation marks)

-         Year after Sinjar catastrophe…… Yazidis keep asking about the destiny of the Sabaya still captured by Daesh

-         Dakheel assures “Daesh physician” involved in turning Yazidi women into Sabaya.

-         Al-Hashd slaughters Daesh element responsible for capturing Yazidi women as Sabaya in Tell Afar 

      (With quotation marks)

-         Gulf citizens accused of purchasing Yazidi “Sabaya” from Daesh with large sums of money.



Shafaq News

(Without quotation marks)

-         Subsequent to storming Daesh bulwark … Can Abu Shogaa release all     Sabaya still in captivity and halt immigration waves?

-         Appalling  narratives about Yazidi women captured by Daesh as Sabaya

(With quotation marks)

-         Gulf natives paid Daesh large amounts of money for Yazidi “Sabaya”

-         Yazidi “Sabaya” on hot frontlines seeking revenge


(Without quotation marks)

-         Some Families in Mosul still preserve Sabaya…   More Yazidis newly -released from Daesh clutches

-         Newspaper: Arabs and Gulf natives from three states purchase Iraqi Sabaya

-         Arrest of Daesh element responsible for Sabaya in Ninwa


  1. Newspapers

Al-Sabah Al-Jadid

(Without quotation marks)

-         Yazidi Sabaya narrate horrendous stories of Daesh inferno hell

-         Daesh resorts to birth-prevention devices for Yazidi Sabaya

-         Sabaya and women in Mosul and Reqah stationed as human shields for Daesh fighters

(With quotation marks)   

-         Yazidi child witnesses the sale of his mother and sisters as “Sabaya”….  Another female child forgets her language after being abducted 

-         Demands to hold a particular session in Kurdistan Parliament to discuss the status of “Yazidi Sabaya”  

-         “Daesh” circulates “Sabaya” amongst winners of Ramadan competitions





Alzwraa Paper

(Without quotation marks)

-         Sabaya start dreaming anew, following  years of suffering in Daesh unspeakable hell  

-         Sabaya forced into donating blood for Daesh terrorist

-         Being sold and purchased in sexual slavery market for over two years…. Yazidi Sabya escapes from the clutches of Daesh, feeling deeply apprehensive about the destiny of other women

 (With quotation marks)

-         Daesh women commit appalling acts against Yazidi “Sabaya” in Syria

-         Terrorist Daesh impose laws for dealing with “Sabaya and slaves”

 Almada Paper

(Without quotation marks)

-         Yazidi Sabaya …. Silence encompasses shameful disgrace

-         Mosul tribes prevent their Daesh sons to capture Sabaya 

-         Kurdistan Women Council  demands regional government  to  interrogate  ‘Om Sayaf’ about Yazidi Sabaya 


Secondly: Instances of the usage of the term “Sabaya” by “Daesh” Organization’s media


“Daesh” used the term “Sabayaindescribing the womenkidnapped from their families by the organization’s fighters during storming cities and villages in Ninwa Governorate in mid 2014. The term was utilized in several printed and visual media materials.


  For example, a video was transmitted in October, 2014, displaying a number of their elements sitting in a crowded room with Daesh’s flag and emblem on one of its walls, waiting for distributing the kidnapped women amongst them.


   In the course of the video, one of them said “Today is the Sabaya market.  Each and everyone will have their share as entitled in our faith”. “And I’m ready to buy any Sabya if anyone wants to sell”, he added while rubbing his long beard. 


  In December 2014, the organization issued a printed publication entitled “Guidelines of sexual intercourse with Sabaya”, including frequently asked questions about dealing with the kidnapped females, who were then so-called “Sabaya”. 


  The organization was not confined to the information materials, but it was publishing ads including the very same term used in June 2015, when three of the so-called “Sabaya” were offered as prizes by the organization for the first three winners in one of their competitions.


Thirdly, instances of the usage of term “Sabaya” in

Iraq’s public media


 Some of the statements made by prominent governmental officials included the term “Sabaya”, in their reference to the women kidnapped by Daesh Organization in the wake of storming Ninwa Governorate, as shown in the examples to follow;


Republic Presidency

-           The former Iraqi president, Fo’aad Masoum, addressed a speech to the conference held in Baghdad on the 3rd of August, 2017, on the occasion of the third annual anniversary of the Yazidi annihilation. The speech was delivered on his behalf by his counselor, Kahttan Alhabbory, who said,” We are all sharing the common human and moral responsibility to liberate the captives and Yazidi “Sabaya” and all other Iraqi natives.” 


Council of Representatives   

-          The council’s website published on the 20th of April a statement  made after the meeting held by all Iraq’s parliamentary councils, saying “No one can ever forget what had regretfully happened to the ‘”Yazidi Sabaya”, who had been sold in the human trafficking market at the cheapest prices. Likewise, the uncovering of a large number of mass graves, 83 of which were detected in ‘Shankal’ only, will never escape our memory


  Meanwhile, on the 19th of August, the very same council published a statement made by the parliaments’ congregation on the occasion of the annual anniversary of the mass extermination of Yazidi Kurds. It said, “The Iraqi government is demanded to reinstate the “Sabaya” women, children and the elderly abductees who are still in captivity.”

Ministry of Defense

  A statement released by the Defense Ministry on the 16th of March 2016, said, “A special qualitative operation executed outside the city of Mosul resulted in the release of a number of Yazidi women who were treated as “Sabaya” in the clutches of the criminal Daesh gangs.” 


Interior Ministry

  A statement issued bytheMinistryof the Interior on the 10th of September, 2012, said, “  ……to avenge ourselves from the culprits who had spread corruption far and wide, and to take vengeance for the fallen victims in ‘Ein Tamr’, and for the valiant heroes of Karada’, and in retaliation for our beloved Sabaya and Kurds”

Supreme Judiciary Council

  The Supreme Judiciary Council had not mentioned the term ‘Sabya’ or ‘Sabaya’ in any of its statements. Nevertheless, it published reports containing the confessions made by elements from Daesh Organization, including words like ‘Sabaya’ published between quotation marks, on the official electronic website of the council.   


   ‘Sheffa Al-Neamma’ …. Notorious of being a terrorist orator, illusive debater, and unstoppable ‘fatwa’ machine.


    ‘Abu Surraqa’… We slaughtered children, youth and elderly people alike,  and kept Yazidi girls for ourselves. 


Fourthly: Instances of taking advantage of the abductees issue to augment media excitement

  With the objective of enhancing media excitement and polarizing large numbers of audience, the information media took advantage of the Yazidi abductees issue, through presenting eye-catching headlines containing at times sexual insinuations, besides focusing on the terms relevant to sexual enslavement such as “birth-preventing pills, “nude” or “ hot sexual nights in Daesh bedrooms”.


  Meanwhile, some mass media published photos of quasi-naked girls, some of which are unreal or borrowed from drama films, including shows that are entirely irrelevant to the abducted Yazidi women. Not only this, but some photos and videos had been downloaded from some social media platforms without being assured of its source and authenticity.


  For example, GILGAMISH Website published on 2-1-2019 a story headlined “Scandalous Photos… Young girls offered for sale in Daesh Sabaya Auction”. The ad is enclosed with a high-flying picture of a young woman exposing a rather bare large part of her body.


   And on 23-7-2017, Baghdad Alyoum Website published a story headlined “Photos in Scandalous Positions….. A Daesh terrorist hugs one of the “Yazidi Sabaya”. Pictures of a Daesh fighter accompanying one of the Yazidi abducted women were taken from social media platforms. The website story added saying, “Photos showing Degla province judge and the so-called Saged Ahmad Ali Shergy accompanying a number of Yazidi women in sexually dishonorable positions.”


  The website enclosed two pictures of a person escorting a blond young woman in a wedding dress. Yet the website failed to confirm the authenticity of the pictures, neither could they assure whether the woman appearing in the pictures was his wife or one of the abducted Yazidi captives.


  In another situation, several Iraqi mass media republished an investigation brought out  by the US New York Times newspaper in March 2016, disclosing that the militants of Daesh Organization compel the abducted Yazidi women to use contraceptive devices so that they can sexually abuse them. 


  And despite the fact that the investigation had not journalistically presented anything new or valuable, yet it had attracted the attention of mass media, as shown in the subsequent instances:


 Al-Sabah Al-Jaded Newspaper

-         Daesh resorts to birth-prevention devices with Yazidi Sabaya.

  M3luma Website

-         New York Times: Daesh utilizes contraception methodswith Sabaya


-         New York Times: Daesh manipulates birth prevention methodswith Sabaya

Alghad Press

-         Daesh usescontraception methods with Yazidi “Sabaya”


-         New York Times: Daesh manipulatescontraception methods with “Sabaya”


  That very same report had also found its echo in Arab media as shown in the following examples;

Al Masre

-         New York Times: Daesh Organization manipulates contraception methods with “Sabaya”


-         New York Times: Daesh utilizescontraception methods with “Sabaya”


-         Captives captured by Daesh forced into takingbirth preventionpills.


-         New York Times: Daesh Organization manipulates contraception devices with “Sabaya”

Arabi 21

-         Captives captured by Daesh compelled to usebirth preventionpills


Fifthly: Coverage of Arab and international Arabic media of the Yazidi abductees


  Some Arab mass media had committed the same mistakes made by their Iraqi counterpart, in repeating the terms created by Daesh Organization in the course of their coverage of the Yazidi abductees. That was obvious in the selection of the content and pictures of their press materials, subjugating some of the monitored materials in a way that can arouse media excitement and catch the attention of the audience.  


Al-Arabeya Channel

-         Ways of orting out “the most sexually suitable women” in the extinct Daesh state.

-         Sexual photos of a Daesh judge with “Sabaya” in Iraq

-         The method adopted by Daesh elements in the choice of their “Sabaya”

Al-Youm 7 Paper

-         Nights spent by Daesh Amir with Sabaya

-         Arrest of the “prohibited trafficking” engineer in the terrorist organization

-         Secrets of Yazidi women who had been sold for 5 years in Daesh human trafficking market… Prices range between $10,000 to $20,000 for a lad or lass 

-         Daesh wives reveal “Sabaya prices within the organization

-         Terrorists trade in women through the internet….. $15,000 for a woman and $30,000 for a virgin girl

-         A Daesh wife confirms: Wars in Telegram to exchange women. 

-         Sexual hot nights in Daesh bedrooms

-         10 Yazidi escapees reveal the secrets of their tragedy

-         American reports: Arabs are most gamblers in the slavery market.

-         Rooms house 150 young girls

-         Daesh elements have their own special sexual appetite….. 15-lash punishment  awaiting any refusal to satisfy such desires


-         Daesh rapes women in a nation shamefully selling its honor

-         Today is your chance to purchase Sabaya from the Caliphate state


-         Daesh offers sale of Sabaya on Facebook for $8,000

-         Documents exposes Daesh Hallucination … beards and Sabaya

-         Document reveals Daesh rulings for “sexual intercourse with Sabaya”


Shabwa Press

-         How to enjoy young-aged girls: Daesh explains how to better deal with Sabaya

Sixth: International Arabic Media

 BBC Arabic

-         New York Times: The “ State Organization” uses contraceptive methods with ‘Sabaya”


RT Channel…Russia Today

-         Appalling stories narrated by Yazidi women being abused as Sabaya by Daesh in Mosul  

-         Daesh slave trafficking … Sale of Sabaya in Fallujah

-         “Islamic State” opens a slave trade market offering Yazidi and Christian women for sale


France 24

-         “Islamic State” Organization endorses for the first time ever enslaving Yazidi women being considered as Sabaya in Iraq

-         ‘Nadia Murad speaks about the tragedy experienced by Yazidi Sabaya with the “State Organization”

-         Yazidi Sabaya are concealed victims of the so-called “Islamic State Organization” 

DW Arabic

-         Liberation of Yazidi Sabaya… Unidentified soldiers in confrontation with “Daesh”

-         Reports: Daesh offers “Yazidi women” for sale

Press here to read the above report in Arabic.

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  • بيت الاعلام العراقي

    رصد تسلل مصطلحات "داعش" إلى أروقة الصحافة

    أصدر "بيت الإعلام العراقي" سلسلة تقارير رصد فيها المصطلحات المستخدمة من قبل تنظيم الدولة الإسلامية المعروف بـ"داعش" في حملاته الدعائية والتي تسللت بصورة واسعة إلى التغطية الصحفية لوسائل الإعلام المختلفة.

  • The killing of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh must be condemned

    The Palestinian journalist was shot and killed on Wednesday 11 May while she was on duty covering the occupation’s illegal actions in the Palestinian city Jenin. IMS condemns what looks like a extrajudicial execution and calls on all human rights organisations and democratically minded States to do the same.

  • منظمة تمكين النساء في الاعلام

    في اليوم العالمي لحرية الصحافة: 91 % من الصحفيات العراقيات يواجهن صعوبة في الحصول على المعلومات

    كشفت نتائج استبيان أجرته منظمة تمكين النساء في الاعلام ان 91 % من الصحفيات العراقيات يواجهن صعوبة في الحصول على المعلومات مما يعرقل عملهن ويشكل تحديا كبيرا للمهنة.

  • الرصد السنوي لجمعية الدفاع عن حرية الصحافة في العراق

    يؤشر الرصد السنوي لجمعية الدفاع عن حرية الصحافة في العراق/ PFAA نكوصا مماثلا لما سجلته العام الماضي، في أعداد الانتهاكات التي تطال الصحفيين/ات والعاملين/ات في مجال الصحافة والاعلام، من خلال الرصد اليومي والآني لمجمل الانتهاكات.

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