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Iraq: Government takes 10 TV stations off air for “incitement”

 "Iraqi authorities have suspended 10 television networks in response to their coverage of the killing of dozens of Sunni demonstrators by the Iraqi Army last week. The Communications and Media Commission, responsible for licensing foreign and Iraqi media outlets, said Al Jazeera and nine other networks would be banned from operating until they addressed what the commission called violations of a code of conduct during their coverage of the storming of a sit-in last week."
Coverage by the channels “constitutes an incitement and escalation that is closer to mistruth, intimidation, and exaggeration than it is to objectivity,” the commission said in a statement announcing the suspensions. It said the networks had engaged in “clear calls for disorder and launching retaliatory criminal attacks against security forces and explicit promotion of constitutionally and legally banned terrorist organizations.”

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