posted on Mar, 28 2004 @ 07:28 PM
I can understand why the US wouldn't want these guys writing stories that might incite Iraqis to turn against the coalition....less casualities for
our guys...but now I also see another possible reason as to why they might hate us so much...once again our twisted version of democracy at work.
Iraq's U.S.-led administration Sunday shut down a newspaper that is a mouthpiece for radical Shi'ite cleric Moqtada Sadr, accusing it of publishing
articles that incite violence against American troops.
U.S. soldiers handed him a letter from U.S. civil administrator Paul Bremer, citing a breach of an order issued last year that bans incitement to
"These false articles not only mislead readers but constitute a real threat of violence against coalition forces and Iraqi citizens who cooperate
with the coalition in the reconstruction of Iraq," a letter signed by Bremer said.
The letter referred to a series of articles it said had incited hatred, including an editorial entitled "Bremer follows the steps of Saddam."
"This is a violation of our rights," Yasseri said.
Hundreds of Shi'ites later gathered in Baghdad to protest against the ban on the newspaper.
Last July, the U.S.-led administration closed down another newspaper for inciting violence. The Arabic-language satellite television news channels Al
Jazeera and Al Arabiya have also faced sanctions from the administration and the Iraqi Governing Council for allegedly violating the law.
Sadr, a young and radical Shi'ite cleric, has often spoken out against the U.S. occupation, in contrast to many other Shi'ite groups that have
sought to work with occupying forces.