Presented by Iraqi journalists, the programmes contain regular items and features likely to interest an Iraqi audience, including Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) news and announcements. The first episode featured addresses by the President of the United States and the British Prime Minister to the people of Iraq. These were recorded especially for the programme.
News: Towards Freedom’s news bulletins aimed gradually to start to fill the information gap that Saddam’s propaganda allowed to develop. Towards Freedom’s news aims to build a balanced picture of developments in Iraq. This includes giving the international Coalition the opportunity to explain its intentions direct to the people of Iraq. Supporting analysis and comment by Iraqis explains what this means for Iraq.
Press Review: A daily look at headlines from British and Arabic language newspapers. As independent print media develop in Iraq, we review these publications as well.
Coalition Provisional Authority Update: An update on CPA activities and announcements.
Public Service Announcements: Towards Freedom includes announcements designed to address immediate practical issues. For example, to advise people about healthcare; to encourage people to stay at work and carry on working normally; to warn them about paramilitary activity and let them know about newspaper and aid distribution.
Features: Towards Freedom’s features explain key issues for people in Iraq. The main themes at the moment include security, health, and the development of representative government. Towards Freedom features were originally structured in four sections. Freedom of Speech featuring voices and hopes of Iraqis; Freedom of Religion including commentary from religious leaders (including Sunni, Shi’a and Kurdish) and inter-faith issues; Freedom from Want looking at the humanitarian effort and regeneration; and Freedom from Fear including coverage about reconciliation and confidence-building issues. We also feature:
- discussions with experts talking about developing Iraq’s prosperity, democracy, cultural heritage, women’s participation, free press;
- advice from doctors on health and safety (cholera, children’s immunisation, dealing with trauma), cleanliness (water supply) etc;
- music and sport content and features on film, archaeology, animal welfare and education.
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