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Iraq shuts down 44 media outlets

Iraq's Communications and Media Commission (CMC) has ordered 44 media outlets shut down in the country in a dispute over broadcast licenses, Reuters has reported, citing a source with knowledge of the order. Although no action has yet been taken, the order has been passed to the Baghdad operations command, the source added, referring to the local law enforcement forces who would carry out the closures. The CMC sent a letter "warning them that they're going to shut down their services because they didn't pay (their license fees)," a senior source at the CMC told the news service. Organisations targeted for shutdown include the BBC, Voice of America, privately-owned local TV channels Sharqiya and Baghdadia, and US-financed Radio Sawa.