Al Hawza

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Al Hawza or al Hauza was an Arabic language weekly newspaper in Iraq.[1]

History and profile[edit]

Al Hawza was started in 2003[1] after the removal of Saddam Hussein and American media considered to be the mouthpiece for Shi'ite cleric Moqtada Sadr.[2] It was a weekly newspaper published every Thursday.[2][3] The paper was a religious cultural publication.[1] Its chairman was Abbas Al Rubayi.[1] Hasan Al Zarkani served as the editor.[1] Ali Yasseri was the editor of the paper when it was suspended.[4]

It was shut down by the, 759th Military Police Battalion, under orders of the United States– led administration of Paul Bremer on 28 March 2004, after being accused of encouraging violence against Coalition troops.[3][5][6] The closure of the weekly was protested by hundreds of Iraqis in Baghdad shortly after the ban.[4][7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "The new Iraqi press, 2003". Al Bab. Archived from the original on 5 January 2015. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  2. ^ a b Nir Rosen (31 March 2004). "US newspaper ban plays into cleric's hands". Asia Times. Baghdad. Archived from the original on 5 April 2004. Retrieved 13 September 2014.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  3. ^ a b Ahmed K. Al-Rawi (7 August 2012). Media Practice in Iraq. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 83. ISBN 978-1-137-27164-8. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Iraqi outcry as US bans newspaper". BBC. 29 March 2004. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  5. ^ Jeffrey Gettleman (29 May 2004). "G.I.'s Padlock Baghdad Paper Accused of Lies". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  6. ^ David W. Bulla; Justyna Sempruch (2008). Lincoln's Censor: Milo Hascall and Freedom of the Press in Civil War Indiana. Purdue University Press. p. 227. ISBN 978-1-55753-473-6. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Closure of Shiite Newspaper in Baghdad Sparks Protests". PBS. 29 May 2004. Retrieved 13 September 2014.