Iraq shuts Al-Jazeera's Baghdad office

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    BAGHDAD, Iraq - The Iraqi government closed the Iraqi offices of the Arab television station Al-Jazeera for 30 days, accusing it Saturday of inciting violence.

    A spokesman for Al-Jazeera called the closure "unwise" and said it restrained freedom of the press.

    "It is a regrettable decision, but Al-Jazeera will endeavor to cover the situation in Iraq (news - web sites) as best as we can within the constraints," spokesman Jihad Ballout said.

    Interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi said the government convened an independent commission a month ago to monitor Al-Jazeera's daily coverage "to see what kind of violence they are advocating, inciting hatred and problems and racial tension."


    Let's hear the freedom of the press whining begin. Cheese anyone?

    http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/ap/20040807/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq_al_jazeera
     
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    :rotflmao:
    I wonder if the comic value of that name carries in middle eastern circles?
     
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    Bless Iraq! Sometimes you have to do something that will be unpopular (to the western world) to ensure security.

    This should send a message to all those that keep saying the insurgents are supported by the Iraqis. They are not. They are outsiders that have come into Iraq to stir up shit.
     
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    IT'S ABOUT DAMN TIME! Though, perhaps one month is a little lenient...

    -Douglas
     
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    Allowing Al-Jazeera to operate in Baghdad is like letting Typhoid Mary
    kiss every passenger passing through airport security.

    Baghdad finally got a vaccine.

    *spelling edit*
     

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