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Iraq, Hugh Hewitt and a Pajamas Media announcement

I am on the Hugh Hewitt Show right now to discuss the special Iraq election coverage on Pajamas Media, which should start to trickle in late tonight Pacific time (if not when everyone gets up in the USA on Thursday).

What’s going on?

Omar and Mohammed of Iraq the Model have done a remarkable job lining up reporters in eight provinces for PJM: Erbil, Kirkuk, Mosul, Babil, Najaf, Kerbala, Samawa, Basra as well as Baghdad of course. For those of you who don’t know, the newspapers have been closed in Iraq for security reasons. Some of their reporters will be working for Pajamas Media. A translator has been hired to translate their material from Arabic into English. Omar and Mohammed have the first (Reynolds blessed) Sonys sent to bloggers in the field by PJMedia. Several of the reporters will have rented cameras. We have no idea what we are going to get. This is an experiment. Purple fingers crossed.

UPDATE: The first post from Omar in Baghdad (on his way to vote) is up at Pajamas Media. Much more to come. We’re excited and waiting for reports from all eight provinces. Will blog-reporting have something special to contribute to this historic event? We shall see.