Iraq government bans coverage of explosions

This is not good:

Brig.-Gen. Abdel Karim Khalaf, the operations director at the Interior Ministry, said on the weekend that Iraq’s government had decided to bar news photographers and TV cameramen from the scene of bombings.

Khalaf denied the government was trying to curtail press freedom.

He said the order was aimed at preventing journalists from inadvertently tampering with evidence needed for investigations.

Very bad omen of things to come.

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