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The lessons I have learned setting up a newspaper in Iraq should be studied by the occupiers

By Hassan M Fattah   March 2004

When I decided to make the announcement in early December, the tension in the newsroom was searing. Almost six months from the day we launched Iraq Today, now Iraq’s sole English-language newspaper, I had to admit the obvious: we were sinking.

We had ridden in on a wave of excitement, with a vision of one day becoming a major paper in a country that had known only state-sponsored media. We were all Iraqis, and we aimed for authenticity. We lived in homes with our families, not in hotels like most western reporters. We faced the daily challenges of living in…

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