03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

YouTube: Iraq Government Launches Online Channel (VIDEOS)

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The Iraqi government has launched an official channel on YouTube, the video sharing site, in an effort to better "share its message" with people in Iraq and beyond.

Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki introduced the official channel, which can be here and is listed under the username "Iraqigov", in video posted November 24, 2009.

According to the Independent, the government's YouTube outreach effort was unveiled at the tail end of Google CEO Eric Schmidt's visit to Baghdad.

The Prime Minister says in his introduction to the government YouTube channel,

The world has not seen what the Iraqi government has been able to achieve in regard to security, economy, politics and building a federal democratic system. [...] The government sees in this video technology an opportunity to show our achievements.

Eric Schmidt created a video welcoming the Iraqi government to YouTube and praising the government's dedication to openness and modernization (see the video below). Schmidt says in the YouTube post,

It's great that the Iraqi govt is introducing the Iraqigov YouTube channel so that we'll discover even more what's great about Iraq, this new country that's being built, the resurgence of a new society, and the amazing things they have in store for all of us.

Schmidt also recently announced that Google would be digitizing artifacts from Iraq's national museum.



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