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BBC Iraq documentary praised

Made in Manchester's Gay Life After Saddam programme has been described as the BBC at its Best.

Gay Life After Saddam, a documentary about the persecution of gay people in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein gained compliments from The Sunday Times, The Guardian and The Radio Times.

The Sunday Times called it ‘a sobering report’ while the RadioTimes described it as the ‘BBC at its best.’ It will now be broadcast after the news on BBC Radio 5 Live from 9.05-10pm on Sunday, 12 th July after it was postponed due to the Wimbledon Men’sFinal over-running last weekend.

The programme, which is presented by Aasmah Mir, unveils a catalogue ofabuse against gay Iraqis and includes harrowing testimonies with young menwho have been persecuted.

Producer Ashley Byrne says: “It’s clear that things have deteriorated for gay Iraqis since the fall of Saddam Hussein. We’ve heard some absolutely abhorrent stories of murder and torture and it appears that no one really wants to take responsibility for what’s happening.”

Gay Life After Saddam is Made in Manchester’s first production for BBC Radio5 Live.

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