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Independent broadcast media in Iraq

Iraq now has its first independent broadcaster in IRTN (Independent Radio & Television Network), which launched last week and is already reaching (or available? The original is unclear) 11m Iraqis with 14 hours of radio programming a day. Source (requires registration)

Some quotes:

"We respect the Maliki government and all religious leaders," says Rafed Mahmood, general manager ..."But our voice is independent. No one tells us what to say."

"The terrorists are nothing more than criminals. They promise the people safety and protection but only deliver death," says Mahmood. "It's time for Iraqis to stand up and say enough. We must fight for our own freedom."

"Bush and Blair are freedom fighters," says Samir Kamies, television station manager. "The sons and daughters of America and Britain have died on our soil for our freedom. We are grateful but soon they must go home. Now every Iraqi must stand up for freedom."

And here is IRTN's rather spartan website .

Congratulations and good luck.

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Blogger Newmania said... 12:15 pm

Well I don`t know if you were being cynical here C but I am rather inspired by this. I don`t know if you noiced from your high uber-blogger promontory but I did something myself about how have accepted the Left narrative in Iraq just because it isn`t easy.

Some courage now and Iraq can be a country as we hoped.I have been reading about the Bathists regime . We knew it was bad but it was much much worse than I thought .

Why are we always so ashamed . Our brave troops and ( I admit )..Blair have done some good .  

Blogger Croydonian said... 12:20 pm

Nope, I was playing it absolutely straight. I suppose you all so used to my corrosive cynicism that a bit of idealism fails to ring true.  

Blogger Newmania said... 1:15 pm

Corrosive cyncism ...yes very good you are a Thersites sort of character ..although not as ugly  

Blogger Croydonian said... 1:20 pm

"He is said to be bow-legged, lame and had shoulders that caved inward. His head was covered in tufts of hair and came to a point. He was vulgar, obscene, somewhat dull-witted, and Homer has much fun at his expense."

Thanks pal, and 'only stand out of my light'.  

Blogger The Hitch said... 3:25 pm

Mr mania you are not a cynic
you are always coming out with crap about how wonderful life will be under the charismatic dave.
I will tell you this mr mania *points finger* come the glorious day you will be one of the first up against the wall.
I have been practising with my rifle this afternoon, so have no fear it will be a quick if ignoble end.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 3:40 pm

Seems a bit harsh on 'mania.  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 4:55 pm

oh come on Hitch, he just can't control his fingers when he gets near a keyboard

just as you can't control your paintbrush when you get near a photo of Mandy  

Blogger CityUnslicker said... 10:25 pm

back to the article, this post has cheered me up at the of a long day.  

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