Baghdad TV station shut down for showing Saddam mourners
Thursday, January 4, 2007
The Iraqi government has shut down the Baghdad studios of a privately-owned satellite TV station for "inciting sectarian violence" because it broadcast images of people mourning the execution of Saddam Hussein.
The press-freedom organization Reporters Without Borders on Tuesday condemned the interior ministry's decision to shut down the Al-Charkiya station, which follows the earlier closures of the al-Zaura and Salah-Eddin TV stations for showing footage of Iraqis protesting Saddam's death sentence.
"We are very concerned by the attitude of the Nuri al-Maliki government which is imposing more and more restrictions on the press," a statement issued by the Paris-based NGO read, adding that "[t]he authorities should show more restraint..."
Despite the closure of their Iraqi bureau, Al-Charkiya continues to broadcast from their Dubai and Amman offices.
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