Iraqi TV Deteriorates Into Mishmash Of Sectarian Channels

03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Bryan Pearson Variety

With more than 30 satellite and terrestrial channels operating in Iraq, a far cry from the two that existed under Saddam Hussein's rigid rule, the television industry should by now be wallowing in its new-found freedom.

Instead, it has turned inward, becoming a mishmash of sectarianized channels linked directly or loosely with partisan power blocs and reflecting the country's highly-fractured political reality.

While nine or 10 core satellite channels and as many regional stations have survived the turmoil of the past four years, others have started up or closed down at irregular intervals mainly for commercial reasons.

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