Iraq suspends licenses of Al-Jazeera, nine TV channels for promoting sectarian agenda

Last Updated: Mon, Apr 29, 2013 06:10 hrs

Iraq has suspended the operating licenses of pan-Arab broadcaster Al-Jazeera along with nine Iraqi TV channels.

The move comes after the authorities accused the channels of promoting a sectarian agenda.

The Communications and Media Commission said the other channels whose licenses have been revoked are al-Sharqiya and al-Sharqiya News, Salahuddin, Fallujah, Taghyeer, Baghdad, Babiliya, Anwar 2 and al-Gharbiya.

According to the Washington Times, the move also comes as Baghdad tried to quell rising unrest in the country following clashes at a protest camp last week.

More than 180 people have been killed in gun battles with security forces and other attacks since the unrest began on Tuesday.

The violence follows more than four months of largely peaceful protests by Iraq's Sunni Muslim minority against the Shiite-dominated government, the report added. (ANI)

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