IJSRP, Volume 4, Issue 9, September 2014 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
Razak W. Abedalla, Lark S. Escobar, Dhiaadeen A. Al-Quraishi
In recent years, social media has become one of the most important factors accompanying the development of the Iraqi society. The media industry has experienced tremendous growth and development over the last ten years in Iraq. During Saddam Hussein’s administration, the Iraqi media was restricted and lacked the freedom of speech. After the 2003 war, the media became more liberal and somewhat less restricted. However, the problem is that it still lacks the well-organized strategic plans to get to the hearts of the Iraqi citizens and to make them believe in all what they say either online or on T.V. This study attempts to answer the following research question: what is the state of the Iraqi media during and post Saddam Hussein’s era? The aim of this research is to identify the state of the media industry in Iraq during and post Saddam Hussein’s era. To examine the research problem, the researchers investigated the state of social media in Iraq and shared the participant’s lived experience of the use of media as a means of communication while he was in Iraq. To collect the data, the researchers interviewed an Iraqi man who moved to the U.S. in 2005. The results indicate that the social media in Iraq is more powerful and effective now than it was before 2003 and the number of Internet and social media male and female users increased in the last ten years.