Media Matters: Media in Iraq then and now
Under Saddam Hussein there were no private television stations in Iraq. Today Iraq has more than 50. BBC's Newsnight commented in 2005 on Iraq's television revolution.
The people of Iraq can now choose from Al Iraqiya, a government sponsored station; Al Sharqiya, the first private station to operate in Iraq; Al Forat Network a Shi'a network; Alsumaria, a terrestrial station for those who may not have satellite dishes - something long prohibited by Saddam's regime. Ishtar serves the Chaldean population; Baghdad TV is not to be confused with the old government run station that was unofficially known by the same name. According to the CIA World Factbook, Iraq has 21 terrestrial stations from which to choose, and many more satellite channels.
There are at least 260 independent newspapers and magazines in Iraq, vs. none under Saddam.
Prior to the war there were approximately 800K telephones. Now there are 1.6 million landlines and over ten million mobile telephones with four providers from which to choose, probably with better terms than I have.
Iraqi people have uncensored Internet access, something more than a billion others lack.
Five years on and the Iraqi people have more freedom of the press, freedom to communicate, and freedom to read what they wish than two billion other global citizens.
Why is that not on the news tonight?