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Iraq Takes Aim at Media as Security Forces Struggle to Contain Strife

By Saif Hameed BAGHDAD, May 15  – Iraq’s Shiite-led authorities have shut the offices of two television channels popular with Sunni Iraqis and ordered a satirical show off air, tightening control over the media as political tensions rise in Baghdad. The crackdown, which began in March, appears to be prompted by concerns that the channels

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Egyptian Court Recommends Death Penalty for Journalists, Mursi Verdict Postponed

CAIRO, May 8 – An Egyptian court on Saturday recommended the death penalty for three journalists and three others charged with endangering national security by leaking state secrets to Qatar, in a ruling condemned by the Doha-based Al Jazeera channel as shocking. Jordanian national Alaa Omar Sablan and Ibrahim Mohammed Helal, who both work for Al Jazeera,

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Iraq Bans Al Jazeera Network Over Coverage

DOHA, April 28  – Iraqi authorities have revoked the operating license of the pan-Arab satellite network Al Jazeera and closed its offices in Baghdad, accusing it of violating government guidelines issued in 2014 to regulate media “during the war on terror.” Al Jazeera, based in Qatar, said it was dismayed by the action. “We remain

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Qatar’s Al Jazeera Network Laying off 500 Employees

DOHA, March 27 – Qatar’s Al Jazeera broadcasting network is laying off about 500 employees or more than 10 percent of its staff, it announced on Sunday reflecting financial pressures on the tiny Gulf state due to low global prices for oil and natural gas. Most of those affected are based at its Doha headquarters,

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