Iraqi TV

The other day, I was waiting for a meeting, and the antechamber had a new television tuned to Iraqi broadcast TV. The program was a sort of man-on-the-street travelogue. The Iraqi camera crew wandered through a busy commercial riverfront section of Baghdad, in and out of shops, popping a microphone in the face of anyone who would stop for a 10-second interview. The streets were crowded with colorfully-dressed pedestrians, almost elbow to elbow, and the shops were full of merchandise. An Iraqi explained that this is a wholesale apparel district. People are shopping for Eid. This station tries to show how security is improving, she said. The footage, which ran unedited, was a rerun; it first aired the day before our meeting.

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