New political force sprouts in Baghdad: satellite TV

06/09/2003
As a visible sign of change in Iraq, the Apr. 9 toppling of the Saddam Hussein statue in central Baghdad is hard to beat.But something new comes close."Satellite television dishes are sprouting like mushrooms on rooftops in post-Saddam Hussein Baghdad," reports Valentinas Mite of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.Iraqis don't have much money. But many of them are finding the $150-250 they need for each satellite TV set-up.Saddam's regime had prohibited satellite TV receivers. According to Mite's report, the former authorities confiscated dish antennas and fined owners $200.Legally, Iraqis could watch only state-controlled television while Saddam ran the country.The state broadca...
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