Fresh Paint
Saturday, August 07, 2004
Or They Could Just Let FOX Buy It
Iraqi Government Closes Al-Jazeera Television Station for a Month
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."
Iraqi Interior Minister Falah al-Naqib said the closure was intended to give the station "a chance to readjust their policy against Iraq."

"They have been showing a lot of crimes and criminals on TV, and they transfer a bad picture about Iraq and about Iraqis and encourage criminals to increase their activities," he said.
Let's see now... didn't we liberate these people so they could have the freedom to watch FOX like everyone else? I don't think Al-Jazeera is the problem over there, I really don't. People can just look out the window and see what's happening -- they don't have to watch it on TV (assuming they have electricity that day). This has nothing to do with people inside the country. It has to do with keeping it inside the country so voters in the US can't find out about it (see below). Another quote:
"We do not tolerate those who exploit the freedom of the media," Zebari said then. "These channels have become channels for provocation against the interest, security and safety of the Iraqi people and the Iraqi government will not be lenient toward such behavior."
A month should take us safely through the Republican Convention. And then?

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