‘Buying’ Journalists in Iraq

Land for Favorable Media Coverage?

Mr. Maliki has pledged to give plots of land to journalists.From an article in the New York Times. Be careful what you read in the Iraqi press:

BAGHDAD — At a recent meeting with the Iraqi journalists’ union, Prime MinisterNuri Kamal al-Maliki made a pledge that would have scandalized the Iraqis’ American counterparts: the government would give plots of land to thousands of journalists, for a nominal price or possibly even free.

A campaign sign for Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki of Iraq. Mr. Maliki has pledged to give plots of land to journalists.

His timing, a month before provincial elections, as well as his admonition to journalists to focus on stories of progress and reconstruction, might be seen as an attempt to buy favorable news coverage.

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