Monday, September 03, 2007


Iraq's Sharqiya TV moves to London

(Azzaman) - Sharqiya television, Iraq’s most watched satellite television channel, has started beaming from its new studios in London. The move comes following the closure of its studios and offices in Iraq allegedly for ‘unbiased’ coverage of the events in the country. The closure curtailed the channel’s activities temporarily since Iraq news makes the bulk of its 24-hour broadcasts.
Iraqi government decision to shut down Sharqiya still holds but the channel persisted in its independent news coverage of Iraq relying on its extensive network of contacts and supporters in the country. Sharqiya is one of several media outlets administered by Saad Bazzaz who is also manager and editor-in-chief of the country’s best selling newspaper Azzaman which the authorities have tolerated so far.
Besides London, Sharqiya has offices and studios in Dubai where certain programs and bulletins are broadcast. Inaugurating the London studios, Bazzaz said the channel will remain “a window of light’ for Iraq. “This event is the best response to efforts aimed at suppressing press freedoms. It is a milestone in the career of Sharqiya which was founded in Baghdad in 2004,” Bazzaz said.

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