Unlelected Iraq Gov’t Threatens Media

by Brendan Lalor

Against the backdrop of a state of emergency declared by the unelected Iraqi government, Aljazeera (12 Nov. 2004) is reporting, Iraq’s Media High Commission this week “demanded news media ‘differentiate between the innocent Falluja residents who are not targeted by military operations and terrorist groups that infiltrated the city and held its people hostage under the pretext of resistance and jihad'” and asked “media to

set aside space in your news coverage to make the position of the Iraqi government, which expresses the aspirations of most Iraqis, clear. We hope you comply … otherwise we regret we will be forced to take all the legal measures to guarantee higher national interests

the statement said, without elaborating.”

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