Monday, April 29, 2013

Fishy timing

And, of course, we all know Maliki never lies:

(CNN) -- Iraq's government ordered 10 television networks shut down Sunday, accusing them of stoking sectarian violence with "unprofessional" and "unethical" coverage of recent clashes in the country's north. Sunday's order from the Communications and Media Commission includes the Qatar-based satellite network Al Jazeera and eight outlets aimed at the country's Sunni Arab minority.

Ahmed Saeed, a reporter for Baghdad Satellite TV, said the decree effectively halts his network's reporting. "We cannot cover anything now," Saeed said. "Iraqi security forces will immediately arrest us." The Sunni outlets are based outside Iraq, in Jordan, Dubai or Egypt. Most have been sharply critical of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's Shiite-led government since fighting last week between government troops and Sunni tribes in northern Iraq left more than 100 dead.

 The communications commission accused the networks of airing "misleading and exaggerated" coverage of the fighting in the city of Hawija, near Kirkuk, where dozens of demonstrators died in clashes with Iraqi police. The shuttered stations ran inflated death tolls and "carried a clear message by encouraging criminal activities and attacking security forces," it said.

The list includes one Shiite network, Al-Anwar. Some outlets, such as Al Jazeera, have been ordered to shut down operations in Iraq before; the network had no immediate response to the latest order. Watchdog groups previously have accused al-Maliki's government of using the communications commission to stifle criticism from Sunni outlets in particular.

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41 comments:

Zeyad said...

Those who do not read history are doomed to repeat it

Petes said...

Fake Freddy stole my hamster.

Petes said...

:-0

Oops :)

Petes said...

So, seems like Maliki's growing quite the big moustache. The next chance to throw him out is only twelve months away, but Iraqis don't seem to be having a good time with elections of late either.

Marcus said...

I get unfortunate the sense that the "sectarian war" we saw in 2006-2007 might reignite. Perhaps not to that degree or not in the same places. And of course it never really went away.

And I believe the developments in Syria will impact Iraq and vice versa.

In Iraq there's a shiite majority with a largely shiite government that tries its best to appear fair but has a sordid history of sectarian militias in its ministries. That government is supposedly western backed, but is certainly not backed by the KSA and the rest of the Gulf countries. Such as Quatar where Al Jazeera is based.

Quatar along with the KSA are among the main drivers of the "opposition" in Syria, and with western backing.

Of course Syria, as opposed to Iraq, has a sunni majority, opressed by a largely shiite regime (supported by Iran).

To me it looks like, by the way things are going, it might all turn into a real mess in the whole region.

As far as who's telling the truth I guess you have to look carefully at where the "news" come from and what agenda they support. But shutting down news outlets should be very much a last resort, if you have completely clear evidence they do not portray the truth but are involved in propaganda only.

Freddie Starr said...

Zeyad ate my hamster!

Anonymous said...

Why are the networks taking this lying down, rather than vowing defiance?

Petes said...

[Marcus]: "As far as who's telling the truth I guess you have to look carefully at where the "news" come from and what agenda they support. But shutting down news outlets should be very much a last resort, if you have completely clear evidence they do not portray the truth but are involved in propaganda only."

Marcus, even propaganda is not a reason for shutting down the media. The western press is full of propaganda all the time. It is up to media consumers to filter is as they see fit. The only reason that might justify sanctions are incitement or sedition.

Lynnette In Minnesota said...

Those who do not read history are doomed to repeat it.

What's even worse is when they do read history, and yet they still repeat it!

Lynnette In Minnesota said...

Pete,

Has your email been hacked?

Lynnette In Minnesota said...

Of course Syria, as opposed to Iraq, has a sunni majority, opressed by a largely shiite regime (supported by Iran).

Oppression has no "brand name". It is like a weed, it will grow anywhere if given the chance.

Lynnette In Minnesota said...

It is up to media consumers to filter is as they see fit.

Yes. That is what it means to be an adult, making your own choices and decisions. That a government feels it can't allow them to do that is to treat their citizens like children.

Marcus said...

Pete: "Marcus, even propaganda is not a reason for shutting down the media. The western press is full of propaganda all the time. It is up to media consumers to filter is as they see fit. The only reason that might justify sanctions are incitement or sedition."

I agree. I didn't mean just propaganda as we are normally used to.

Petes said...

[Lynnette]: "Pete, Has your email been hacked"

Yup, apparently. The worrying this is I can't track it down with a virus scan. Didn't even know I had an email address for you :)

Lemme know if you get anything else. Such as my bank details :)

Petes said...

Bah! Have spent half a day running virus scans, only to discover it wasn't a machine hack at all -- it was a hijack of my Yahoo mail account online. Apparently Yahoo has been having quite a problem with this. Didn't even know I had an address book there. For some reason, I have Healing Iraq contacts in it from the best part of ten years ago ... so I've probably unknowingly sent spam to Zeyad, Lynnette, Brigid and Lee C. Now, how do I uninstall all these new virus scanners I loaded up? :-(

Lynnette In Minnesota said...

Yahoo has had that problem.

But perhaps a more serious concern for you is that you don't remember having an address book there, or an address for me. :) They say memory is the first thing to go...

Lynnette In Minnesota said...

Btw, Pete, it looked like the email I received was just sent to Zeyad, you, myself and one other address, not the addresses I have for Bridget or Lee.

Petes said...

Yeah, it fired out various emails to random combinations of addresses from the address book. Not just one to everyone.

The pattern is apparently similar to other Yahoo hacks. Someone logged into my account from a mobile device in Indonesia, exploiting some weakness in a Yahoo mobile app. Then they logged back in on the web and did the dirty deed.

P.S. My memory has been gone a long time. Astrophysics has edged everything else out :-)

Lynnette In Minnesota said...

Astrophysics has edged everything else out :-)

LOL! I wouldn't doubt that at all! Last time I took a peak I was left with the uncomfortable feeling that my brain was going to explode. I still haven't read that last Stephen Hawking book I bought. It seems like something always comes up to distract me.

As for Yahoo's problem, it's been going on for a long time. You would think they would have tightened up their operation by now.

Can you just delete the account?

Lynnette In Minnesota said...

Here's an update on what's happening in ND. It looks like the government has revised upwards the estimated amount of oil in the Bakken to around 7 billion barrels and tripled the natural gas estimates.

http://www.startribune.com/business/205468311.html?page=1&c=y

Petes said...

"Can you just delete the account?"

Yes ... as long as I update every subscription I've taken out in the last ten years :(

Lynnette In Minnesota said...

My aunt had a similar problem and tried changing her password. I don't know if that worked or not, but I haven't received anymore bogus looking emails from her.

Anonymous said...

I got a spam email from Petes too. the same thing once happened to me and was fixed with a password change. Petes, if you get a new address, be sure and let me know! :)

Bridget

Petes said...

Password change seems to have done the trick (fingers crossed)... no e-mail address change.

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Anonymous said...

Real journalism is dead the world over. Agendas and ratings drive every story and byline. The pro-liberal(Obama sic) media here in America lets the current regime get away with everything. Bengasi, IRS, AP and hundreds of other stories are glossed over or simply ignored. They don't even bother to hide their bias.

I can't imagine things are any different in parts of the world where freedom of the press is a relitively new or no existant concept.

Governments should never manipulate the media, but media should never allow their bias to manipulate their coverage either.

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