Monday, March 29, 2004

Shutting a paper in Iraq

The US authorities have closed down a Shi'ite paper in Iraq because it allegedly printed false stories which encouraged violence against the occupying forces.

Not only have the Americans trampled on the freedom of the press, but the case for American violence in Iraq -- ya know, last year's war -- was constructed by a dutiful press parroting false and misleading stories which encouraged Americans to endorse the invasion. The irony here is rich.