Baghdad: Iraq’s interior ministry has given dozens of media outlets 45 days to comply with Communications and Media Commission (CMC) regulations over licences, or they will face “legal procedures”.

“The ministry calls on the officials of these institutions to [work with] the Communications and Media Commission during a period of 45 days from the date of issuing this statement,” the interior ministry said in a statement.

“The ministry is eager for these institutions to continue their work legally and in full freedom,” it said, adding that after the 45 days, “legal procedures will be applied, according to what the commission orders”.