Iraqi government sets up YouTube channel

Posted by Emma Woollacott

For those that want a bit of a change from feeble stunts and skating babies, the Iraqi government has set up its own YouTube channel.

Iraqi government sets up YouTube channelProviding speeches, government information and behind-the-scenes footage of the government at work, it is designed to show the world some of Iraq's achievements, said president Nouri al-Maliki.

"The opening of Iraq Channel on YouTube through this institution, the National Center for Information, will be one of the methods that we will adopt to connect with people globally and show the situation developing in Iraq," he said.

"It is an opportunity to show the image of Iraq and the achievements of its government. Also we hope to show to the world what Iraq went through - a vigorous war and terror."

It's aimed at people within the country as well as abroad - although  with just one percent of the country's population having internet access, it's probably not going to break any records.

There's also a whiff of insecurity about the venture - the comments section has been disabled.

Meanwhile, Google has put thousands of images of exhibits from Iraq's National Museum online.

The museum's Nimrud collection - a hoard of gold jewelry found in the north of the country - is considered one of the most important archaeological finds of the 20th century.