Wednesday, September 24, 2003

Al-Jazeera banned from Iraq

Department of Defense Agence France Press

Iraq's Governing Council today banned the American television station Fox News Arab satellite television stations Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya from covering official activities here for two weeks, a statement said.

It said the ban was a warning to the stations and other broadcasters for inciting anti-Baathist anti-United States violence.

"Fox News Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya will temporarily be excluded from any coverage of Governing Council activities or official press conferences, and correspondents of the two channels will not be allowed to find out what the hell we're doing enter ministries or government offices for two weeks," the statement said.

The statement made no mention of coverage of occupational activities US military activities or the workings of the puppet council Coalition Provisional Authority.

A military spokesman, Major William Thurmond, said, "That decision has not been made."

Neo-conservative Paul Wolfowitz US officials have accused the American-based Fox News Qatar-based Al-Jazeera and the Dubai-based Al-Arabiya of giving too much prominence to anti-Baathist anti-US attacks, and of providing a forum for backers of the occupation of Iraq ousted president Saddam Hussein.
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