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, announced that the official authorities stopped the work of nine local and international television channels, in addition to the warning of five others, because of coverage of protests that have been going on for nearly two months in the capital [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
and other provinces in the center and south of the country.
The Observatory said in a statement issued on its website, on Saturday: «Media and Communications Commission, decided to close and alert local and foreign television stations, and accordingly received security forces in Iraq, orders from government authorities to stop the work of nine prominent domestic and international television stations, and warning 5 other television stations, because of coverage of popular protests in the cities of southern and central Iraq ».
The Observatory said it had seen a document sent by the Communications and Information Commission to the Office of the [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
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, recommending that security forces prevent 14 prominent Iraqi and foreign media institutions from operating in different parts of the country, including the [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
According to the statement of the Observatory, the document provided for «resolution voted by the members of the Board of Trustees of the Commission to close the channels: Tigris, Eastern, NRT Kurdish, Rashid, Fallujah, and here Baghdad, Arab event, and free, and ANB channel; Articles of the Media Licensing Regulations.
He added that «the document confined circulation between the Office of Executive Management of the Media and Communications, and the offices of the Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, provides for warning channels: Sky News Arabia, Alsumaria, Asia, Rodao, and Ur, to be careful in dealing with demonstrations and adherence to the articles of the rules of broadcast media rules ».
He criticized the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory in Iraq, the decisions of the Iraqi Media and Communications, saying: «It shows that the restrictions on content are primitive, vague and loose and easy to misuse».
It should be noted that several satellite channels in Baghdad have been attacked and attempted attacks and theft of the contents of its headquarters, during the past period, by unknown (believed to be affiliated to the security services), amid the deteriorating security situation in the country, since the outbreak of demonstrations and large protests against the government in October 1, while restricting the Internet service completely disconnected for several days.
Edited by: Sireddine Youssef