Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Iraqis Celebrate sovereignty on Talk Radio

Talk radio comes to Iraq:

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraqi voices filled the airwaves of the nation's first independent talk radio station Monday, applauding a surprise move by the U.S.-led coalition to return sovereignty to Iraq (news - web sites) two days early.

The callers clogged Radio Dijla's telephone lines to congratulate interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, urging him to be strong, while warning insurgents against continued violence.

Fantastic. A mere 15 months ago Iraqis had no voice in their country at all. The types of opinions expressed daily on the radio would never have been spoken for fear of imprisonment or worse. Media was entirely controlled by the state, now common Iraqis can broadcast their voice across the country by picking up the phone. It is heartening to see and hear that Iraqis support their new government so strongly.