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A statement by the Iraqi parliament urges Prime Minister Nour al-Maliki to close down Azzaman newspaper.
The statement also asks Maliki to ban Al-Sharqiya television, the nation-wide network operated in coordination with Azzaman newspaper.
The statement issued Monday cites what the parliament describes the outlets’ coverage of a recent draft law the legislators passed on turning the country into a federal state.
Both the newspaper and al-Sharqiya television were critical of the law, warning that it represents a prelude to the division of the country on sectarian and ethnic grounds.
Azzamman is Iraq’s most read newspaper. Al-Shariqiya is the most viewed television network in the country.