Daily uk news Iraq bans terror prank shows following outcry over TV program that staged ISIS kidnappings of celebrities and forced them to wear 'suicide vests' MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Regulators said the programs breached broadcast rules after viewers complained the Ramadan prank show was in bad taste, particularly as militant violence is still prevalent in Iraq.
.At the end of his episode, the international footballer also had to suffer a professional putdown.'You fly the Iraqi flag on the football pitch, but the Hashed, the army and police, they do it by sacrificing martyrs,' the presenter said. But once the ruse is revealed, the celebrities can't complain too much.The series is underwritten by the powerful state-sponsored Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary coalition.Its fighters were central to a grinding military campaign that by mid-2017 had dislodged IS from the string of cities it seized three years earlier. And these paramilitaries, still armed, have their own role in the show, saving the day. The candid camera-style television show airs during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Pictured: an actor playing a jihadi with a fake rocket launcher 'This isn't entertainment,' Bilal al-Mosuli, a resident of Mosul, the self-proclaimed 'capital' of IS in Iraq from 2014 to 2017, wrote on Twitter. Pictured: car loads of terrorists waving ISIS flags arrive at the house The programme also broadcasts mock executions and shootings 'with blanks', according to a disclaimer at the start. Pictured: the family's home the celebrities believe they are visiting before it is stormed by jihadis'This isn't entertainment,' Bilal al-Mosuli, a resident of Mosul, the self-proclaimed 'capital' of IS in Iraq from 2014 to 2017, wrote on Twitter.Another Iraqi, Ahmed Abderradi, expressed disbelief at the show on Facebook.'Next year, we'll have Saddam', he joked bitterly, referring to the dictator who terrorised Iraqis from 1979 to 2003, Saddam Hussein.'Or we can throw guests into a river like the victims of Speicher,' he wrote, referring to the 2014 Camp Speicher massacre, when IS executed 1,700 Shiite conscripts and dumped their bodies in the Tigris. For years, entrapping stars has become a staple of primetime Ramadan shows on Arab satellite channels.But this is the first time an Iraqi programme has combined the formula with 'terrorism', which is still a real threat in Iraq.'I don't see what pleasure you could get watching these people being tortured in this way,' another viewer wrote on social media.The programme also broadcasts mock executions and shootings 'with blanks', according to a disclaimer at the start.For others, however, the show salutes anti-IS fighters.'But it's possible to show the bravery of the Hashed and Iraqi troops without introducing terrorism,' tweeted Noor Ghazi, an Iraqi living in the United States.Jihadist violence is still a fact of life in Iraq.The home of the so-called displaced family in the show is located in the agricultural belt outside Baghdad where IS sleeper cells still intimidate and extort locals.According to social media user Hamed al-Daamy, 'the show is giving free advertising to IS and other terrorist groups'.A writer of the show, Dargham Abu Rghif, has sprung to its defence.'The scenes are harsh but... if IS had won, artists would have had a far harder life, and all Iraqis too,' he wrote on Facebook.
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