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Iraqi Government Orders Al-Arabiya Closed for One Month


The Iraqi government has ordered the pan-Arab satellite network Al-Arabiya to close its bureau in Baghdad for one month.

Iraqi officials are quoted as saying the ban is because of what they have described as the network's uneven reporting and unprofessional conduct in covering events in Iraq.

Dubai-based Al-Arabiya was briefly banned in November 2003 after airing an audiotape from Saddam Hussein.

The U.S.-backed interim Iraqi government banned the Arabic satellite network Al-Jazeera in 2004 for allegedly inciting violence.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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