Freedom in the World!
Purple=Not Free, Yellow=Partially Free, Green=Free
As you can see, the majority of the MENA states are not free–this includes Iraq. This representation, determined by Freedom House organization, is determined by a multitude of measurements. These measurements include transparency of government institution (collaboration with Transparency International), political rights and civil liberties afforded to the citizens and the freeness and fairness of elections. All of these measurements factor into the ranking of free to not free.