WASHINGTON — The raid by the U.S.-appointed Iraqi officials on an Arab television network bureau in Baghdad and the ban on its broadcasts hardly fits my idea of how to spread democracy in the Middle East.

Isn’t that the first thing dictators do — shut down broadcast outlets and newspapers? For those in power, tolerating a free press is difficult, even in a democracy.

As a foreign occupier in Iraq, we are proving that it is intolerable.

The terrible irony here is that we pride ourselves on offering a model to the rest of the world on how to design — and live by — our constitutional freedoms.

Journalists around the globe have been taught to emulate our approach to newsgathering, hopefully in an atmosphere free of government restraints.

At the same time, we’re snuffing out news outlets we don’t like”¦


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