Iraq government forced to suspend broadcast restrictions

Human Rights Watch called on the Iraqi government to suspend its media regulations. The regulations, which impose tight restrictions on the country’s broadcast media, have been enforced by the Communication and Media Commission (CMC) in order to silence the broadcasters who encourage ‘incitement of sectarianism.’ “These restrictions open the door to politically motivated discrimination in the regulation and licensing of broadcasters” claims Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. The organisation claims the government can prohibit speeches and that incite the violence but the vague definition endangers the international norms of freedom of expression. The new restrictive Iraqi broadcast rules have been compared to the Afghan government’s ban on the filming and live broadcasting of militant attacks, approved on March 2010.

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