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Thursday, November 20, 2003

Well, at least we brought freedom of speech to the Iraqis
CLAIM: "The tradition of free speech exercised with enthusiasm is alive and well here in London. We have that at home too. They now have that right in Baghdad as well."

- President Bush, 11/19/03

FACT: "As criticism of his authority appeared in Iraqi media, occupying authority chief L. Paul Bremer III placed controls on Iraqi Media Network content and clamped down on the independent media in Iraq, closing down some Iraqi-run newspapers and radio and television stations."

- American Prospect, 10/1/03

FACT: American soldiers told Reuters they arrested an Iraqi man 'for making anti-coalition statements.' Soldiers refused to say what the man said.

- Reuters, 11/11/03

Courtesy Center for American Progress via TomPaine.com

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