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Saturday, August 07, 2004 - Iraq shuts Al-Jazeera's Baghdad office - Aug 7, 2004 - Iraq shuts Al-Jazeera's Baghdad office - Aug 7, 2004: "Iraq shuts Al-Jazeera's Baghdad office
Qatar-based TV network to close in capital for one month
Saturday, August 7, 2004 Posted: 12:40 PM EDT (1640 GMT)

Al-Jazeera has been criticzed for airing videos of Iraq hostages.

BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq's interim government has closed the Baghdad office of the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera television network for one month, citing national security concerns.
'This decision was taken to protect the people of Iraq and the interests of Iraq,' Interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi's told a news conference Saturday.
Allawi said the order to close Al-Jazeera, which was to take effect immediately, came after an independent commission monitored the network's reports.
The findings of the commission were 'compelling,'"


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