Al-Jazeera to reopen Baghdad bureau

Filed on March 3, 2011
Al-Jazeera to reopen Baghdad bureau

Iraq has given pan-Arab satellite television channel Al-Jazeera permission to reopen its bureau in Baghdad more than six years after it was originally banned.

“We agreed with Al-Jazeera to allow them to re-open their bureau in Baghdad,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“No restrictions have been placed on them, only what applies to all media in Iraq, not to provoke conflict. It is now a procedural matter as to when they re-open their bureau.”

On August 7, 2004, Iraq’s caretaker government ordered Al-Jazeera to close its offices in Baghdad for 30 days following charges it was inciting violence by its reporting and broadcasting of claims by militant groups.

The following month, the ban was extended indefinitely.

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