National Iraqi News Agency
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National Iraqi News Agency (NINA) was registered in July 2005 by a group of Iraqi journalists led by Dr Farid Ayar, a member of the Iraqi Independent Electoral Commission and himself a veteran reporter who left the state Iraqi News Agency in the early 1990s and later became secretary-general of the Federation of Arab News Agencies (FANA). Ayar returned to Baghdad as soon as Saddam Hussein was deposed and, in April 2005, began developing NINA in collaboration with IREX’s director of media programs in Iraq, Joe Raffelberg.
- Future plans for NINA include an English-language service and expanded coverage of business and economics news from Iraq, including the country’s key oil and oil products industry.