|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.