Demands for land in Iraq for “journalist citizens” are just bizarre. Reports the New York Times: “At a recent meeting with the Iraqi journalists’ union…

Demands for land in Iraq for “journalist citizens” are just bizarre.

Reports the New York Times
:

“At a recent meeting with the Iraqi journalists’ union, Prime Minister Nuri 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.

“But if it was, there were few objections from the journalists, who have been demanding the land giveaway for years.”

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