Republic of Iraq Communications and Media Commission: Policy Recommendations Concerning Broadcasting in Iraq

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This study was commissioned by the Communications and Media Commission of Iraq (CMC) as part of its efforts to stimulate debate on ways to improve the broadcasting sector in Iraq. The most immediate goal of this document is to describe the current regulatory framework in Iraq and to make policy recommendations for change for use by the CMC, Iraqi policy makers and international and local donors and implementing organizations. This draft is to be presented at a conference on Iraqi media to be funded by the CMC and co-hosted by UNESCO and UNDP, with the support of Official Development Assistance of Japan and the European Union. This conference is to take place at UNESCO headquarters in Paris in January 2007. This document is only a draft, and input is welcome.

A future goal of the study will be to provide a snapshot of the Iraqi broadcasting sector as it is today. A more comprehensive version of this study addressing this aim is being prepared and is to be published by the CMC at a later date. The subsequent draft will take into consideration comments submitted on this draft. It is important to note that the CMCâ s commissioning and publication of this report does not mean it endorses its content or its recommendations. It remains a working document pending further discussions.

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