Iraqi PM bans TV from showing gruesome attacks




 
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Iraqi PM bans TV from showing gruesome attacks
 
August 24th, 2006  
Team Infidel
 
 

Topic: Iraqi PM bans TV from showing gruesome attacks


Iraqi PM bans TV from showing gruesome attacks
Media: AFP
Byline: N/A
Date: 24 August 2006

BAGHDAD, Aug 24, 2006 (AFP) - Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has
banned television channels from broadcasting gory images of daily bloodshed
in the country, the interior ministry said in a statement Thursday.

During a visit to the ministry on Wednesday, Maliki issued an order
prohibiting broadcasters from showing "blood and killings that magnify the
horror" and warned of legal action against those violating the order.

Major General Rashid Flayah, head of a national police division, urged
reporters to tone down stories that could inflame sectarian passions in a
country riven by violence between Sunni and Shiite groups.

"We will let you do the job, but we want you to stop publishing pictures
that arouse passions and sectarian feelings," he told a news conference.

"You should reject it. We are building the country with Kalashnikovs and you
should help in building it with the use of your pen."

Flayah cited a recent report on an Iraqi network in which the police was
criticised for raiding a mosque.

"The terrorists had used the mosque to hide weapons such as RPGs
(rocket-propelled-grenades) and explosives and when we raided it the media
criticized our action," he said.

Iraq and especially Baghdad is engulfed in daily tit-for-tat sectarian
killings, with around 50 murder victims being brought to the morgue every
day.
 


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