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Within its morning newscast on 12 March, Dubai-based Iraqi private Al-Sharqiyah TV highlighted a report saying that "the Central Criminal Court today handed down a three-year prison term to Muntazar al-Zaydi, who threw his shoes at [former] US President George Bush during his visit to Baghdad before the end of his term in office". The TV channel also highlighted statements made by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in the Australian capital, Canberra, to the effect that "the Iraqi security troops are capable of controlling the situation in the country when the US troops are withdrawn."
Within its 1100 gmt newscast on 12 March, Al-Sharqiyah TV carries the following reports:
- "Shadha al-Ubusi, an MP sitting on the Human Rights Committee in …