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Government suspends Al-Arabiya TV over sectarian violence claim : The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the decision of the Iraqi government today to close the Baghdad bureau of the Dubai-based satellite channel Al-Arabiya for one month. The station reported that police entered its Baghdad offices to halt operations after the cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ordered the suspension. Al-Arabiya Executive Editor Nabil Khatib told CPJ the channel received a government statement that said its coverage was fomenting “sectarian violence and war in Iraq,” without providing evidence. “We have never been notified by the government, officially or verbally, that we are violating any clause or any law in Iraq,” Khatib said. The U.S.-backed government in Iraq has a history of banning news outlets, threatening and harassing journalists and bringing criminal prosecutions against the media.