This video says about itself:
Just like George W. Bush’s cronies made Afghan war propaganda hypocritically claiming that the war would benefit women’s rights (err… not really), the Bush clique claimed that the Iraq war would bring about a ‘new Iraq’ of human rights and free speech.
New Iraqi law ‘will silence journalists’
Friday 14 August 2009
Iraqi journalists have rallied in Baghdad to protest against what they say is mounting political pressure to silence critical reporting.
Ministers are currently drafting a set of laws which they claim will protect local journalists but the Iraqi Journalists Syndicate (IJS) has condemned the legislation as thinly veiled censorship.
Protesters marched in front of the capital’s famed Mutanabi Street book market, demanding protection from political parties and legislators who, they say, are seeking to muzzle the media.
IJS leader Muaid Al-Lami explained why the union is opposed to the new legislation.
Mr Al-Lami said that it included vague language barring reporters from using the media to “compromise the security and stability of the country.”
And he expressed concern over a caveat surrounding anonymous source protection.
According to a draft text, sources must be revealed if “the law requires the source is revealed.”
And ministers could shut down publications if they “threaten citizens or make provocative or aggressive statements.”
Idle Iraqi Date Farms Show Decline of Economy: here.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has charged in a report that Iraqi authorities are turning a blind eye to a systematic campaign of violence against gay men that has spread from Baghdad to several other cities: here.
Wednesday’s bombings against key government buildings in the centre of Baghdad have dealt a significant blow to the claims of both the Obama administration and the Iraqi government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki that the country has been pacified and secured by the US military “surge” in 2007 and 2008: here.
The official newspaper for the Armed Forces has caught Pentagon officials spreading disinformation regarding reports on how they have allowed a private contractor to rate and profile embedded journalists: here.
Iraq’s New Surge: Gay Killings: here.
- Iraq calls for political solution on Syrian crisis (worldbulletin.net)