What Middle East news got wrong this week: Mandatory second wives in Iraq
News of the Iraqi leadership's decree for men to marry two women caused a splash in the media this week. (AFP/File)
This week, the Iraqi media wasn't sure what to make of a purported new government decree from the office of Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Jawad Al Abadi.
An order apparently cationed "Multiple Wives" was said to be sent to all relevent governmental bodies declaring all Iraqi men were to take on another partner due to "extraordinary circumstances" in Iraq.
Here's the document circulated on social media and news sites:
The decree said all Iraqi males were to take on a new wife. The government would also sponsor this union financially.
Oh yeah, and all men who failed to comply would be executed. Wives who objected would be imprisoned for life.
Yikes! The good thing, of course, was that none of this was actually true.
Fact-checking Arabic news sites ended up debunking this one pretty quickly, but not before it managed to spread across state media and over the border into Jordan, where it also appeared on local news site, newsjo.today.
While the news admittedly sounds far-flung, it's not the first time lately we've heard about "exraordinary circumstances." Remember earlier this week, when Daesh (ISIS) released an actual decree announcing a pay cut for fighters, also citing difficult circumstances. Back then, that news proved true, unlike this Iraqi tale.
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