Saturday, November 24, 2007

Wartime Journalism - The Most Dangerous Conflict in History?

But one landmark which passed virtually unnoticed was that the Iraq conflict has become the deadliest by far for the media trying to cover it, with more than 200 journalists killed to date. To put this in perspective, two were killed in the First World War, 68 in the Second, 77 in Vietnam and 36 in the Balkans. And the toll in Iraq shows no sign of declining. It is, if anything, rising. Five journalists were killed in separate attacks in just one day last month. "Covering Iraq," says Chris Cramer, the president of CNN International, " is the single most dangerous assignment in the history of journalism." - The Independent

The little "re-education" joy rides continue, too, with one this week for an Iraqi journalist.


BAGHDAD -- The U.S. military is planning to seek a criminal case in an Iraqi court against an award-winning Associated Press photographer. But the military is refusing to disclose what evidence or accusations would be presented.

An AP attorney today strongly protested the decision, calling the plans a "sham of due process."

The journalist, Bilal Hussein, has already been imprisoned without charges for more than 19 months.

In Washington, Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell ... asserted the military has "convincing and irrefutable evidence that Bilal Hussein is a threat to stability and security in Iraq as a link to insurgent activity" and called Hussein "a terrorist operative who infiltrated the AP."

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