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Al Jazeera expelled from Baghdad

April 29, 2016

By Chris Forrester

Qatar-based Arab-language news channel Al Jazeera has had its operating licence revoked by Iraq’s media authorities, and its office and news bureau in Baghdad closed.

Iraq has accused the channel of promoting sectarianism, and violating the Iraqi government’s broadcasting guidelines issued in 2014 during the country’s civil unrest.

“We remain committed to broadcasting news on Iraq to Iraqi people, our viewers in the Arab world and across the world,” the channel claimed in a statement.

This is not the first time that a broadcaster has been criticised. Back in 2013 the Iraqi media authority accused Al Jazeera and nine other satellite news broadcasters of promoting the views of “banned terrorist organisations”.

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