Muzzling Media in Iraq?

Per the New York Times:

The Iraqi military put local journalists on notice on Monday that their organizations could be shut down for misquoting officials, while the Iraqi government accused the news media of deliberately seeking to promote sectarian strife.

Baghdad’s top military spokesman said he will sue to close the Baghdad office of Al Hayat, “one of the most prominent newspapers in the Arab world,” and Al Sharqiya, a TV channel “that has been a strong critic of the government,” claiming that the news organizations misquoted him.

Also: last week police seized an Iraqi cartoonist’s satirical drawings of Prime Minister al-Maliki.

Liz Cox Barrett is a freelance writer and graphic designer in Kalispell, Montana. She worked as a newspaper journalist in Denver and Kalispell for 20 years.