Tuesday, September 3, 2019 ((rezonodwes.com)) – The Iraqi government suspended Monday for three months the US-sponsored television channel al-Hurra for broadcasting a program on alleged corruption among Sunni and Shiite clerics, Xinhua reported.
According to a statement from the Iraqi Commission for Communication and Media (CMC), “the CMC board has decided to suspend the work of the al-Hurra chain in Iraq for three months, and to suspend its activities until it corrects the way in which it deals with Iraqi affairs. “
The CMC also called al-Hurra to” to issue an official apology from its administrative office in Iraq “, claiming that the program in question had” insulted “Iraqi religious figures, according to the statement.
The offending program, which carried among others, on corruption in Iraqi religious institutions, “provoked angry reactions at both official and popular levels, particularly targeting a respected and appreciated institution of the Iraqi people,” said the CMC.
In August, al-Hurra TV broadcast a program featuring testimonies from civil activists and Iraqi citizens about administrative and financial corruption affecting a number of religious institutions and individuals in the country.
Al-Hurra, whose activities began in 2004, is a US-sponsored satellite channel that broadcasts news and information programs for audiences in the Middle East and North Africa.