The Al-Kawwaz Family in Baghdad knows about media bias.
On November 29, 2007, the Western media reported that 11 close family members of Jordanian-based Baathist reporter Dia al-Kawwaz, who runs the online anti-Iraq newspaper Shabeqat Akhbar al-Iraq, were slaughtered in Baghdad. This made headlines around the world. Two days later, the “dead family members” of Dia Al-Kawwaz appeared on Iraqi television smiling and waving to the cameras. They obviously were not dead. Not one Western media organization showed this photo or film of the waving family members. It did not fit their agenda. (Iraqi Barutha News photo of the Al-Kawwaz family- very much alive!)
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Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki denied on Saturday that a group of officers arrested three days previously had been plotting a coup against the Shiite-led government, state television reported.
In his first reaction to the incident, Maliki was quoted by the channel as saying: “People who speak about a coup have illusions. The officers have a patriotic spirit and are far from this nonsense.
“If you hear that something happened here or there concerning people working in state security, it is the result of irregularities or unlawful actions, and irregularities will be punished under the law.”
Twenty-four security personnel arrested on Thursday on suspicion of aiding terrorism were reported freed on Saturday amid claims that their detention had been orchestrated by Maliki supporters.
Brigadier General Abdel Karim Khalaf told AFP the interior and defence ministry officers “have all been released and the allegations were dropped,” without saying when this happened.
Aswat Aliraq adds: “Those speaking about a coup in Iraq are illusionists.”
The Talisman Gate has more on the arrests.
Hat Tip BG