Bremer Closes Iraqi Newspaper

by TChris

The democratic values that the United States wants to export to Iraq apparently don't include freedom of the press. Saying that articles in the weekly Al-Hawza newspaper increased the threat of violence against occupying forces, Paul Bremer decided to shut the paper down. Soldiers used chains and locks on Sunday morning to prevent entry into the newspaper offices.

The paper has blamed violence in Iraq on American forces and recently carried an article headined "Bremer follows the steps of Saddam." Bremer says the paper will stay closed for 60 days.

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