Investigative Journalism within Iraq
Alissa J. Rubin is the Time’s Paris Bureau Chief and a investigative reporter who had been focusing on refugee Yazidi families fleeing into Kurdistan to avoid Sunni militants. She has posted several articles such as this one and this one focusing on the struggles the refugees face as they flee invading ISIS forces within Iraq. Within these articles she describes the grueling journeys where many refugees are without food, water or shelter.
While an outside journalist, Rubin was traveling around refugee areas primarily Mount Sinjar and a military base in Fishkhabour, Iraq. She interviewed a variety of sources, mostly Yazidi refugees, about their experiences descending the mountain. Some of what she has written is perturbing such as Ilyas Haku Namo’s account of losing part of his family while escaping. Despite the eye-opening descriptions, none of her methods seem unorthodox or unethical. However, her investigative journalism and the experiences she faced does shed some light on why more reporting is not being down within the region.
Ms. Rubin left the military base in Fishkhabour traveling in a packed helicopter carrying other reporters and refugees, as well as Vian Dakhil (an Yazidi Iraqi parliament member). The helicopter was loaded to capacity and crashed after hitting a boulder, injuring many on board and killing the pilot, General Majid. After being evacuated to Turkey, she recorded the accident in this post, detailing what she remembers of the flight. She mentioned how the helicopter was full with people and how some had to be pushed off of the craft in order for it to take off. While the helicopter is not linked with Sunni Muslims, the dangers of reporting in a area of crisis is seen as refugees flooded the plane.