Oct 1, 2010

NPR: It's getting tougher to cover Iraq

The Iraqi government is rousting journalists from their lodgings and denying them access to sensitive stories, NPR reports. The government recently started asserting more control over the media, first by forcing them to sign a pledge not to incite sectarian tensions and then by keeping them away from areas where there's fighting or terrorist attacks on the notion that the journalists won't be safe.

Of course, access is as vital as ever as Iraq works to form a federal government and as U.S. forces withdraw.

As NPR reports:
Nearly 200 journalists, most of them Iraqis, have died in Iraq since the American invasion, and scores more have been kidnapped, beaten, jailed, sued and fined for doing their jobs.

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