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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-29-06 09:50 AM
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Iraqis Re-Institute "NO Criticizing The Government Law"
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Our partners in democracy in Iraq have now instituted a "no criticizing the government"
Iraqi Journalists Add Laws to List of Dangers
By PAUL von ZIELBAUER
Published: September 29, 2006

BAGHDAD Ahmed al-Karbouli, a reporter for Baghdadiya TV in the violent city of Ramadi, did his best to ignore the death threats, right up until six armed men drilled him with bullets after midday prayers.

An employee at Al Sabah returned to work before the glass was replaced on his windows.
He was the fourth journalist killed in Iraq in September alone, out of a total of more than 130 since the 2003 invasion, the vast majority of them Iraqis. But these days, men with guns are not Iraqi reporters only threat. Men with gavels are, too.

Under a broad new set of laws criminalizing speech that ridicules the government or its officials, some resurrected verbatim from Saddam Husseins penal code, roughly a dozen Iraqi journalists have been charged with offending public officials in the past year.

more at:
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/29/world/middleeast/29me...
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