Qatar-based Al Jazeera’s Baghdad bureau closed by authorities
Iraqi authorities have once again closed Al Jazeera Media Network’s Baghdad office, saying the channel was inciting violence and sectarianism. Al Jazeera reported the news earlier this week, a month after Iraq’s Communications and Media Commission sent the company a letter saying its journalists were prohibited from working in the country.
The network said it was “shocked and bewildered” by the decision and plans to continue covering Iraq-related news. The Baghdad bureau has been closed by authorities before, and once was even bombed by US forces, killing a journalist.