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'Oprah' show on Iraq censured

September 18, 2003|From Reuters

Sweden's broadcasting watchdog said Wednesday it was censuring an Oprah Winfrey talk show for showing bias toward a U.S. military attack on Iraq.

The censure means Swedish television network TV4, which broadcast the show in February, must publish the decision, but there are no legal or financial penalties, said Annelie Ulfhielm, an official of Sweden's Broadcasting Commission.

"Different views were expressed, but all longer remarks gave voice to the opinion that Saddam Hussein was a threat to the United States and should be the target of attack," Sweden's Broadcasting Commission said. The Swedish government strongly opposed the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, saying it lacked a U.N. Security Council mandate.

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