A public relations company known for its role in a controversial US military program that paid Iraqi newspapers for stories favorable to coalition forces has been awarded another multi-million dollar media contract with American forces in Iraq.
Washington-based Lincoln Group won a two-year contract to monitor a number of English and Arabic media outlets and produce public relations-type products such as talking points or speeches for US forces in Iraq, officials said Tuesday.
"Lincoln Group is proud to be trusted to assist the multi-national forces in Iraq with communicating news about their vital work," Lincoln Group spokesman Bill Dixon said in a statement. Details about the contract were also confirmed by US military spokesman in Iraq, Lt. Col. Barry Johnson, and were described in documents posted on a US government Web site outlining contracts awarded.
The contract is worth roughly $6.2 million (â‚¬4.88 million) per year over a two-year period, according to Johnson.
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