McClatchy reports a chilling phone call from the Society to Defend Press Freedom in Iraq. They said that the Iraqi Ministry of Culture has decided to censor the importation of books fromoutside the country and restrict printing them inside the country.
Everything that is printed, even posters, will require a permit.
Reuters reports the Iraqi media is dominated by party-backed publications and there is little investigative journalism. More than 100 journalists have been killed since 2003, and self-censorship is more common than government censorship.
And lets not forget the U.S. censorship of the occupation. Remember Zoriah Miller, the photographer banned from covering the Marines because he posted photos of their dead bodies. The New York Times reports that he is not alone in being pressured to avoid showing graphic pictures of the war and occupation of Iraq.
It's been a long time since Iraqis have had unfettered access to information. Ever? I'm not sure, but we can help by pressuring media to tell us the whole truth. I'd love to know the command chain that forced Zoriah Miller out of covering the Marines...