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Al-Baghdadia TV
Type Satellite Television
Branding Nationalistic
Country Cairo, Egypt and Baghdad, Iraq
Availability Middle East, Europe, North America and Australia
Broadcast area
Middle East
Owner Awn Hussain Al Khashlok
Launch date
12 September 2005
Official website

Al-Baghdadia TV is an independent Iraqi-owned[1] Arabic-language satellite channel based in Cairo, Egypt. It is considered a Nationalistic channel of funding directly and only from the CEO.[2] During the Iraqi insurgency, several prominent journalists with the station were murdered.[3] More recently, the station became well known for journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi, who threw two of his shoes at U.S. President George W. Bush during a press conference on December 14, 2008.[4] It has journalists stations in every city and town in Iraq. Global TV Stations depend on Al Baghdadia for news coming from Iraq. It has a live morning show called 'Al Baghdadia Wa El Nas' which is a free show that allows Iraqis to give their opinion and to send a message to the government, this supports Iraqi democracy. The CEO of Al Baghdadia believes that democracy should be created by true Iraqis, not by force. The TV station is dubbed the name 'Umm al-Fuqarā' (The Mother of the Poor People).


Management and programming[edit]

Al-Baghdadia is a general entertainment channel that broadcasts in Arabic via a Hot Bird 8 at 13E satellite (Frequency: 12245, S/R:27500, Pol:Horizontal, Fec: 3/4),[5] Arab Sat (Frequency: 12149, S/R 27500, Pol: Horizontal, Fec: 3/4) and Nilesat (Frequency: 11919, S/R: 27500, Pol: Horizontal, Fec: 5/6), the CEO and Managing Director of the station is Dr. Awn Hussain Al Khashlok (a Civil Engineer), Abdel-Hameed al-Sayeh is the station's manager, in Cairo.[6] The Newseum said, "The station is often critical of the new Iraqi government and of the U.S. presence in Iraq."[7] Dr. Hussein Shaaban, the previous director general of Al Baghdadia, has described the U.S. occupation as “humiliating to Iraq”.[8]

Journalists murdered[edit]

In a round of killings targeting journalists during the Iraqi insurgency that shocked the country, Al-Baghdadia suffered through several casualties of some of its most well-known contributors.[3] On 16 January 2006, cameraman Luaay Salam Radeef was murdered.[9] In April 2006, So'oud Muzahim al-Shoumari, an Al-Baghdadia correspondent, was found dead in Baghdad's southern district of Doura, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).[10] On 5 May 2006, human rights correspondent So’oud Mukahim Al-Shoumari, who was also known by the last name Al-Hadithi, was abducted, tortured and shot dead in Baghdad.[11]

A line producer for the channel, Jawad Al-Daami, was murdered in Baghdad on 24 September 2007.[12] Al-Daami, a very well known poet,[10] worked on cultural and social programs for Al-Baghdadia until he was found shot in the head in Al-Qadissiya, a neighborhood in southwestern Baghdad.[10]

Muntadhar al-Zaidi and shoeing of Bush[edit]

Main article: Muntadhar al-Zaidi

In September 2005, Muntadhar al-Zaidi joined the station.[4] On 16 November 2007, al-Zaidi was kidnapped in Baghdad working on assignment for Al-Baghdadia, but released on November 19, without harm or ransom payments.[13] The studio gained international attention when al-Zaidi hurled two of his shoes at U.S. President George W. Bush during a press conference in Baghdad on 14 December 2008.[14] Dhirgham al-Zaidi, who sometimes worked as his brother's cameraman, said Muntadhar's reporting for the station was "against the occupation," and that at times he signed off "from occupied Baghdad."[15] Dihirgham said the reporter's stories focused on Iraqi widows, orphans, and children.[15]

After he was jailed, the station issued a statement demanding al-Zaidi's release.[16] Canada's Globe & Mail chastised the channel in an editorial, stating, "To its shame, Al Baghdadia has not only failed to apologize, or to discipline or fire Mr. Zaidi, who is being held in an Iraqi jail over the attempted assault, but instead posted his photo on its website and attacked the government for holding him."[17] The network appointed Dheyaa al-Saadi, president of the Union of Lawyers in Iraq, to defend Zaidi.[18]


  1. ^ Afghan reporters keep shoes on for Bush, Associated Press, 15 December 2008.
  2. ^ The 'Lebanonization' of the Iraqi Media: An Overview of Iraq's Television Landscape, Paul Cochrane, Transnatonal Broadcasting Studies Journal, No. 16, December–January 2006; Retrieved 16 December 2008.
  3. ^ a b Iraq media killings provoke shock, Sebastian Usher, BBC, May 10, 2006.
  4. ^ a b Family: Shoe thrower hates both US, Iran role, Robert H. Reid, Associated Press, 15 December 2008.
  5. ^ World Language Satellite Directory.
  6. ^ Iraqis protest for release of journalist, QASSIM ABDUL ZAHRA and OMAR SINAN, Associated Press, 15 December 2008; Retrieved 16 December 2008.
  7. ^ Freedom Forum Memorial
  8. ^ Proposed US-Iraq deal slammed as humiliating, Anwar El Shamy, Gulf Times, 21 September 2008; Retrieved 16 December 2008.
  9. ^ American Friends Society
  10. ^ a b c Director-General condemns murder of poet and television producer Jawad Al-Daami in Baghdad, UNESCO; 17 September 2007.
  11. ^ World Press Freedom Review - Iraq, International Press Institute, 2006.
  12. ^ http://www.kuna.net.kw/NewsAgenciesPublicSite/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=1843630&Language=en
  13. ^ http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/11/19/africa/ME-GEN-Iraq-Journalist-Freed.php
  14. ^ http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1208/16566.html
  15. ^ a b Shoe-thrower's brother: He wanted to humiliate 'tyrant, CNN, 15 December 2008; Retrieved 15 December 2008.
  16. ^ http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/meast/12/14/bush.iraq/index.html
  17. ^ A disgrace to journalism, Globe & Mail, December 16, 2008.
  18. ^ Iraqi Shoe-Hurling Journalist to Face Judge on Wednesday, Timothy Williams and Abeer Mohammed, New York Times, 16 December 2008.

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Reporters without borders (press release)
Tue, 02 Nov 2010 09:56:39 -0700

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Thu, 12 Jun 2014 03:21:05 -0700

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Voice of America

Voice of America
Thu, 09 Jan 2014 03:00:24 -0800

CAIRO— In Iraq, a suicide bomber has killed at least 21 army recruits and wounded several dozen others outside a military airport near Baghdad. The attack came as Iraqi security forces are in conflict with al-Qaida linked militants in western Anbar ...
CPJ Press Freedom Online
Mon, 17 Dec 2012 13:55:13 -0800

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Mon, 07 Oct 2013 15:26:51 -0700

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Sun, 21 Jul 2013 13:03:45 -0700

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Voice of America
Mon, 25 Mar 2013 09:14:18 -0700

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Middle East Forum
Tue, 18 Dec 2012 04:42:15 -0800

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