Iraqi police are under orders to shut down a number of foreign and local media outlets across the country, reports Iraqi journalist rights group. The BBC and Voice of America are just some of the prominent television channels targeted by the order.
The Journalistic Freedoms Observatory (JFO) says it has obtained an official document ordering the closure of 44 different media outlets in Iraq.
The document was reportedly issued by Iraq’s Communications and Media Commission (CMC) and had been approved by the deputy interior minister. It calls on the Department of Relations and Media “to stop media cooperation with these agencies and to notify the police to ban these channels along with the necessity of informing the channels to contact the CMC.”