Iraq closes Al Jazeera offices over ‘breaches’ of government guidelines

Published April 28th, 2016 - 09:04 GMT
A courtesy photo of Al Jazeera offices. (Twitter)
A courtesy photo of Al Jazeera offices. (Twitter)

In a Wednesday letter to the controversial satellite network, Iraq's Communications and Media Commission (CMC) said it was revoking the license that allowed Al Jazeera to operate in Iraq due to "violations of the official codes of conduct and broadcasting rules and regulations."

The guidelines were issued in 2014 to regulate media coverage "during the war on terror." Iraq is involved in a protracted conflict against Daesh which has overrun parts of the country.

Al Jazeera said it was "shocked" by the decision.

"We remain committed to broadcasting news on Iraq to Iraqi people, our viewers in the Arab world and across the world," it said in a statement.

It is the third time the network has been banned in Iraq. The last time, the Iraqi government charged Al Jazeera and nine other satellite television networks with promoting sectarian feelings and fueling violence in 2013.

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