What's not being shown on Aljazeera
Al-Iraqiyya TV, the country's official television station, carried the proceedings of the Kurdish Regional Parliament live today, with simultaneous translation in Arabic.
Then the station re-aired a call-in show where students were venting over not being admitted to state universities and colleges, with an official from the Ministry of Higher Education trying to counter their points.
Now, Al-Iraqiyya is carrying live from Najaf the 'First National Assembly of the Religious Scholars of the Al-Shia and the Al-Sunnah'.
It's funny that 'experts' watch the Qatari-owned Aljazeera satellite channel and draw their Iraq analysis from its coverage. Wouldn't Al-Iraqiyya's coverage be a more accurate reflection of what's going on in Iraq?
Over the past few days, Al-Iraqiyya has carried events from the Vatican, Sunday Mass from Dohuk, parliamentary sessions and the trial of the 1991 Uprising suppression from Baghdad, along with today's programming. This is a revolutionary TV-watching experience for the Middle East, but is anyone paying attention?
Furthermore, the spokesman of the Interior Ministry, Gen. Abdel-Karim Khalaf, has categorically dismissed reports over the murder of Dhia al-Kawwaz's family in Sha'ab City, a story carried wide and far in the western media. Why don't the western news bureaus send their correspondents to Sha'ab to check it out?