ANBAR / Aswat al-Iraq: Anbar's Governor sacked on Friday a number of media men working for Anbar's satellite channel as they covered the protests in Falluja and Ramadi, the channel's technical director said.
"I have been sacked along with a number of colleagues after airing the sit in staged by Falluja and Ramadi residents," Omar Mohammad, the technical director of the channel, told Aswat al-Iraq news agency, asserting that the channel belongs to the province's residents.
Reports said that a number of finance minister Rafi' al-Issawi's bodyguards were arrested for terrorism charges, while Issawi's closed circles called for peaceful demonstrations in protest for such arrests.
Al-Iraqiya bloc held an emergency meeting, during which Premier Nouri al-Maliki was criticized for "attacking the Sunni sect," as stated later.
Finance Minister Rafi' al-Issawi called for the resignation of Maliki and called the parliament to withdraw confidence from the government, which was initiated few months earlier.