Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Iraq backs off on plans to force closure of 44 media outlets, including BBC and VOA

BAGHDAD — Iraq has suspended orders to close 44 media operations in the country, including the BBC and Voice of America, after an outcry by press freedom advocates, an official said Tuesday.

The Communications and Media Commission that regulates the news media in Iraq will give the targeted organizations more time to pay outstanding fees and renew lapsed licenses, deputy director Ali Nasir said.

(Source: Associated Press via the Washington Post via kimandrewelliott.com)

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