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Human Rights Watch Criticises Closure of Al Jazeera in Baghdad

Iraqis have a right to hear a variety of perspectives on current events

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has criticised the decision by the Iraqi government to shut down its headquarters in Baghdad, fearing Iraqi citizens will not have access to unbiased news and media that is currently ongoing in a country where daily atrocities occur:

 Waleed Ibrahim, Al Jazeera's bureau chief in Baghdad reported the closure of the offices were sent from its Qatar headquarters which Human Rights Watch stated was a due to reportedly "inciting sectarianism and violence." 

Joe Storck, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch said, “Iraqis have a right to hear a variety of perspectives on current events. Closing down a prominent international network on the basis of vague and unsubstantiated allegations smacks of political motivation to shut out uncomfortable criticism, and it’s an action that should be immediately reversed.”

Source: Human Rights Watch, Al Jazeera 

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