My Name is not Adam 






“My name is not Adam” is a representation of the story of Adam. Adam is a human right defender from Iraq who is working on digital rights. He is
the founder of a large fact- checking network in
the Middle East and North Africa. The focus of
the network is to discredit sources of fake news by referencing them and providing proof to their claims through verified sources. The organisation also confirms the true news that lacks verified sources by adding additional sources to it.

Most Iraqi news media outlets are owned by or affiliated with political parties and ethnic factions, often leading to sharply partisan coverage. Governement officials threaten to close or revoke the licenses of critical media outlets. Adam’s work led to the fact that all of these “digital armies” are trying to take the work of the network down.


Adam has been a victim of several digital and verbal threats by prominent Iraqi people and organisations, as well as by anonymous persons. He receives threats not only directed to his organisation but also at his private number and at his home address. The insecure situation is enlarged by the threat to takedown the website of the network. As a result
of the threats Adam often changes his appearance and the way he travels to work. Furthermore, he limited his network to only his closest friendsand relatives.

Adam needs to stay anounymous. Now the organisations that harras him have all his information. The situation became so bad while making the project, that it does not matter if Adam stays anonymous anymore.

This work is an investigation of why Adam can not use his real name.
I’m investigating how these harassments have led to changes. How human right defenders need to adjust their lives in order to stay safe, but also to do their job. How organisations try to demoralise critical individuals and what identity means when one can not be visible.