The post-Saddam era has seen a media free-for-all emerge in Iraq. Indeed, due to the complete lack of law and order, Iraq for the time being easily has the freest media in the entire Middle East and North Africa region. Unfortunately, few of these new media sources are available online so far. Nonetheless, on this page we will attempt to keep as comprehensive and up-to-date a list as possible. Much of what is available are the mouthpieces of various political groups, but a few others as well. Please do email us at email@example.com if you have discovered any sources not on our list.
Az-Zaman - [Arabic daily] Newspaper run by Saad Al-Bazzaz, a former press secretary of Saddam who left Iraq and founded Az-Zaman in London. The website is still publishing the London edition, though there is now also an edition published inside Iraq.
Al-Sabah - [Arabic and English daily] Though not labeled as such anywhere on the site, this is a pseudo-official CPA (occupation authority) newspaper as it receives its funding from the CPA and carries an editorial line strongly in line with that of the CPA. It is primarily an Arabic daily, but also has an English section on the website that is kept fairly up-to-date as well.
Al-Ahali - [Arabic weekly] Self-described as Iraq's first "liberal" newspaper. Seems to take a generally pro-American stance.
Iraq Today - [English, weekly] Offices were previously listed as being in the Kurdish north (Erbil and Dohuk), now in Baghdad. The New York Times' Thomas Friedman recently gave the paper a positive comment. For now at least, this paper is the best English paper we know of in Iraq. Some content remains free, but much is now limited to subscribers.
Al-Mouajaha - "The Iraqi Witness" - [English and Arabic, sporadic updates] A collaborative effort with the Independent Media Center. Many, though not all, articles are written by Iraqis inside the country.
Al-Ittihad - [Arabic, weekly] Newspaper of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK).
Xebat - [Kurdish, daily] Newspaper of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).
Al-Taaxi - [Arabic, daily] Appears to be a KDP paper since it's on the same website as Xebat and the editorial line seems to match.
Tareeq Ash-Sha'ab - [Arabic, weekly] Publication of the Iraqi Communist Party (ICP). Said to be the first opposition paper distributed in Baghdad after the fall of the regime.
Regay/Tareeq Kurdistan - [Kurdish and Arabic, sporadic publication] Publication of the Kurdistan Communist Party, Iraq (KCPI). Also includes an Assyrian publication in Arabic by the name of Kaldo Ashoor.
Ash-Shuyu'iya Al-Umalliya - [Arabic, weekly] Publication of the Workers' Communist Party of Iraq.
Iraq Press - [English and Arabic, updated most days] Billed as an independent Iraqi news agency. Appears to have a relatively liberal slant. This is one of the relatively few Iraqi media sites that the CPA's website does link to.
Al-Mutamar - [Arabic, weekly] Newspaper of Ahmed Al-Chalabi's Iraqi National Congress (INC).
Nidaa Arrafidain - [Arabic, sporadic updates] Newspaper affiliated with the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI).
Radio Free Iraq - [Arabic, daily] US government broadcasting to Iraq. Includes both Arabic text and audio news.
Al-Jihad - [Arabic, weekly] Newspaper of the Islamic Da'awa Party. At last check had not been updated since April 21, 2003.
Baghdad Bulletin - [English, out of business - temporarily only?] An English Baghdad paper that now states it has gone out of business. The site claims there will continue to be updates to the website, but there does not appear to be much new. Some of the older articles are still worth reading.
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