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Iraqi government reaches out to YouTube to counter 'lies'

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 26 Nov 2009 18:25 User comments (16)

Iraqi government reaches out to YouTube to counter 'lies' The Iraqi government has launched its own YouTube channel aimed at countering the "lies" from the media and to show off the government's "successes". Nuri al-Maliki, Shi'ite Prime Minister, said that the channel will help the government to dispel the "lies and misleading information in the news." He is seeking re-election early next year.
Several moves made recently in Iraq have sparked fears that the government may be trying to crack down on the media, which has had unprecedented freedom since Saddam Hussein was ousted. Several local and foreign lawsuits were filed against media outlets that were critical of Maliki or of his government. Additionally, new regulations for broadcasters and moves to censor books and the Internet were made.

It is unknown how much effect the YouTube channel could really have in Iraq, where only a small few actually have Internet access at home. Even in those cases, they rely on low bandwidth connections that would be unsuitable for video streaming. Of course, the YouTube channel does not allow users to leave any comments.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt visited Baghdad this week and revealed that Google would publish images of Iraq's national museum online as part of a U.S. government-backed initiative to entice firms to the country. A statement from the U.S. embassy in the country said the YouTube channel will be used to post parliamentary sessions, messages from leaders to citizens and information about state services.

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16 user comments

126.11.2009 23:36

Now, why does this familiar...this seems like something happening in a certain Coalition country...now which one could it be...

227.11.2009 7:01

where is this on youtube ???

327.11.2009 9:15

I WISH they would allow comments I would love to see the small children going on there and telling Iraq they are gay because they don't like the Beatles or something...

427.11.2009 9:20

http://www.youtube.com/user/Iraqigov

Notice how similar the eagle thing at the top is to the US no wonder the Iraqi's hate it!

527.11.2009 11:23

Lies LIES. Seriously though its nice to see them reaching out to communicate more rather than letting the US military speak for them.

627.11.2009 15:41

Iraqis don't hate anybody
but
separation is the best source of income
for the wealthy perverts who set this all up

727.11.2009 19:19

Seen it done before when all was haveing problems in Nam years ago.

827.11.2009 20:18

wow macssam you're good.

928.11.2009 5:00

Reminds me of when China forced them to take down videos that were lieing by showing exactly what happened.

8 years after some retarted hillbilly started this pointless war, they have already brought back most of the old government, and are now going even farther than Sadam went.

All well, I guess it is still better than overthrowing an elected government just to install a bunch of Heroin Cartels in their place.

1028.11.2009 5:00

all the knowledge in the universe
wont change anyones destiny

1128.11.2009 9:11

Originally posted by KillerBug:
Reminds me of when China forced them to take down videos that were lieing by showing exactly what happened.

8 years after some retarted hillbilly started this pointless war, they have already brought back most of the old government, and are now going even farther than Sadam went.

All well, I guess it is still better than overthrowing an elected government just to install a bunch of Heroin Cartels in their place.
<sarcasm> Ahhh yes, gotta hate an elected government that tortures it's people starves them, takes away ALL freedoms. Evil, EVIL Maliki. </sarcasm>

1228.11.2009 15:04

the same criminals brought
patsies throughout history
sad'dam noriega marcos fidel
bush clinton stalin obama
the list is endless ...

1330.11.2009 0:49

Quote:
Originally posted by KillerBug:
Reminds me of when China forced them to take down videos that were lieing by showing exactly what happened.

8 years after some retarted hillbilly started this pointless war, they have already brought back most of the old government, and are now going even farther than Sadam went.

All well, I guess it is still better than overthrowing an elected government just to install a bunch of Heroin Cartels in their place.
<sarcasm> Ahhh yes, gotta hate an elected government that tortures it's people starves them, takes away ALL freedoms. Evil, EVIL Maliki. </sarcasm>
I'm not saying that the Afgani government was a good one, only that the "Northern Alliance" that we gave power to is actauly several waring Heroin Cartels, who now control the country. Heroin Poppies were almost extinct in Afganistan before we did this, now they are at record highs. The people of the country are being treated at least as terribly as they were in the past, their lives are more dangerous, and the death and missery is spreading around the world in the form of Heroin.

1430.11.2009 4:31

2 different wars 2 different reasons for both. But the truth is it is done now and we can do nothing about it!

1530.11.2009 5:51

Originally posted by Hummer81:
2 different wars 2 different reasons for both. But the truth is it is done now and we can do nothing about it!
The truth is that it has just begun, and we can do nothing about it. And no, these are not two different wars with 2 different reasons. They are both wars against muslim countries, started by a christian extremist (when you kill someone because you don't agree with their faith, you are an extremist) who himself called the wars, "A Crusade". Neither country had anything to do with 9-11, and most of the hijackers were from Saudi-Arabia...a country helped by both of these crusades, as their main export (oil) has skyrocketed in price thanks to the conflicts.


1630.11.2009 6:18

climb on top of the mountain
so you can see the whole picture

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