WASHINGTON — The U.S. military plans to continue paying Iraqi newspapers to publish articles favorable to the United States after an inquiry found no fault with the controversial practice, the top U.S. general in Iraq said Friday.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-infowar4mar04,0,1357115.story?coll=la-headlin...

Is that practice really so controversial?
No, it isn't.... if you are American.
SextusNo, it isn't.... if you are American.

But the practice is illegal if done inside America, isn't it?
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No, it isn't.... if you are American.

Except when it is.
Payment for the airing or publication of material in news media is considered paid advertising in most countries. Countries usually have laws that require the inclusion of a disclaimer designed to reveal to the reader that the time or space has been bought. I'm not sure whether this is the case under Iraqi media law (if it exists).
Leaving aside theoretical considerations, we all know that in this case what they're doing is bloody wrong.
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SextusLeaving aside theoretical considerations, we all know that in this case what they're doing is bloody wrong.

I agree.

"contrary to the principles of a free press in a nascent, embattled democracy."

Same article as above.