The collapse of Saddam Hussein's repressive regime in April 2003 sparked a historic media boom in Iraq in the months that followed. However, the quality of these new publications and media outlets has been uneven. The instability that continues to plague Iraq represents one of the greatest threats to Iraq's newfound press freedoms. Even post-handover, the lack of clarity about Iraq's future political and legal structures raises questions about whether the press freedoms gained since the removal of Saddam Hussein's regime will endure without strong protections, impartial regulation, and clear journalistic standards.
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