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Sunday, August 08, 2004

Iraqi PM bans al Jazeera for inciting hatred

New Zealand Herald: The Arab satellite TV network al-Jazeera has been banned from operating in Iraq for 30 days as Iyad Allawi's interim Government seeks to restore stability after three days of fighting that US forces claim killed 300 Shiite insurgents.
The renewable ban on the Qatar-based network was announced at a news conference at which Allawi also unveiled details of a limited amnesty designed to win back the support of potential recruits to an insurgency joined once again by supporters of the radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.
As Allawi accused al-Jazeera of inciting hatred, a statement from the Ministry of the Interior said it had failed to show the "reality of Iraqi political life" and had "agreed to become the voice of terrorist groups".

Is anybody else tired of hearing about the "holy city" of Najaf? A Google News search for [holy city Najaf] yields about 3,900 results.

A similar search for [holy city Jerusalem] gets you less than one tenth of that number.