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IS IT PENTAGON POLICY TO TARGET REPORTERS?

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July 13, 2007:
New York Times journalist killed in Baghdad
 
Excerpt: Gunmen killed an Iraqi journalist from the New York Times as he drove to work Friday, the third staffer of a Western news outlet to be killed in the past two days. In his last moments, Khaled W. Hassan called his mother on his cell phone and told her he had been shot.

Hassan was the second Times employee killed in the Iraq conflict, in which 110 journalists and 40 media support staffers have been killed since the 2003 U.S. invasion, according to the Commitee to Protect Journalists.

July 12, 2007:
U.S. forces kill two reporters in Iraq
 
Excerpt: Fighting in a southeastern neighborhood here between the U.S. military and Shiite militias left at least 16 people dead Thursday, including a Reuters photographer and driver who were covering the turbulence, an official at the Interior Ministry said.

There were conflicting reports of how the two Reuters staffers, both of whom were Iraqi, were killed, but witnesses at the scene said they died when troops on a U.S. helicopter shot into the area where the two had just gotten out of their car, said a photographer who arrived at the scene shortly after their bodies were taken away.

The Reuters employees were Namir Noor-Eldeen, 22, the photographer, and Saeed Chmagh, 40.

May 29, 2007:
Unknown gunmen kill journalist who reported on US Army excesses in Kirkuk
 
Excerpt: Mahmoud Hasib Kassab, an ethnic Turkmen who was the chief editor of a Turkmen language newspaper, was killed in front of his home, according to the police reports.

Kassab was the eighth journalist killed this month in Iraq, the worst month for Iraqi journalists this year. Reporters sans frontières has recorded 22 deaths of reporters in the country, making it the most dangerous place in the word for media workers.

Oct. 13, 2006:
US forces killed reporter in Iraq
 
Excerpt: The inquest heard that their vehicles, which were clearly marked as Press, were hit by US tanks. ...

Reporter Terry Lloyd suffered a serious but non-fatal wound and was transferred to a makeshift ambulance. But that vehicle was then fired upon and he was killed.

Major Kay Roberts, of the Royal Military Police, told the inquest 15 minutes of footage appeared to be missing from a film of the incident which was supplied by the US military.

Mr McLaughlin said the US authorities had not only failed to co-operate with the inquest but had actually obstructed it.

June 21, 2006:
Author: U.S. purposely bombed Al-Jazeera office in 2001
 
Excerpt: "On November 13, a hectic day when Kabul fell to the Northern Alliance and there were celebrations in the streets of the city, a U.S. missile obliterated Al-Jazeera's office," Suskind wrote in the book The One Percent Doctrine. Inside the CIA and White House there was satisfaction that a message had been sent to Al-Jazeera ... The Pentagon asserted then, without providing additional detail, that the office was a "known al-Qaeda facility" and that the U.S. military did not know that the space was being used by Al-Jazeera.

March 22, 2006:
CBS cameraman faces secret charges in Iraq

Nov. 27, 2005:
No wonder al-Jazeera was a target
by Robert Fisk, The Independent [London, UK]

Oct. 19, 2005:
Guardian reporter missing in Iraq

Sept. 28, 2005:
US forces in Iraq 'out of control', says Reuters chief

Aug. 28, 2005:
American sniper kills Reuters reporter in Iraq

April 14, 2005:
'We were ambushed, says reporter shot by U.S. troops in Iraq
No warnings, no signs,
just a hail of gunfire
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April 8, 2005:
CBS cameraman shot by US troops
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March 25, 2005:
New details about U.S. shooting of reporter

March 23, 2005:
U.S. bars Italians from examining victim’s car
Excerpt:  The U.S. military command in Iraq has blocked two Italian policemen from examining the car in which an Italian intelligence agent was shot to death in Baghdad, a newspaper said Wednesday.

Corriere della Sera said that the policemen were about to leave when the Italian Embassy in Baghdad received an order from the U.S. command on Monday to abort the mission for security concerns. The embassy in Baghdad reportedly alerted Rome authorities, who called off the trip.

The car, a Toyota Corolla, is reportedly still in American hands, at Baghdad airport where it was originally rented.
March 7, 2005:
Italian reporter shot by U.S. troops
Helen Thomas asks: Have there been changes to the rules of engagement after repeated shootings of reporters?
March 6, 2005:
"The Americans don't want you to return"
by Giuliana Sgrena, Il Manifesto

Feb. 14, 2005:
CNN exec forced to resign for saying
that reporters may have been targeted

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Feb. 9, 2005:
Journalist killed with son in Iraq
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Jan. 18, 2005:
Journalists' killers 'not being brought to justice'
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Aug. 27, 2004:
Media war toll in Iraq passes 50
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Aug. 16, 2004:
Iraqi police fire at reporters as U.S. tanks roll up to shrine

May 19, 2004:
Reporters detained, forced to stick their fingers up their asses and then lick
Excerpt:  Bureau Chief Andrew Marshall observed in his report, "It should be noted that the bulk of their mistreatment -- including their humiliating interrogations and the mental and physical torment of the first night which all agreed was the worst part of their ordeal -- occurred several hours AFTER I had informed the 82nd Airborne Division that they were Reuters staff. I have e-mail proof of this."
Jan 20, 2004:
Reporters Without Borders
accuses military over killings


Oct. 14, 2003:
Journalists' group accuses U.S. of "secrecy,
deceit and arrogance" in reporters' deaths


Oct. 4, 2003:
US is determined to suppress
the independent Arab media

by Dima Tareq Tahboub, The Guardian

Aug. 19, 2003:
Could eye tests save the world?
by Pissed and not missed, Unknown News
U.S. troops shoot, kill
Reuters cameraman in Iraq
June 16, 2003:
Baghdad reporter issues SOS
"Surrounded" by warring forces in
Abu Dhabi TV's Baghdad offices


April 10, 2003:
Is it Pentagon policy to target reporters?

April 9, 2003:
Proportionately far more journalists than
US soldiers are being killed in the Iraq war


April 8, 2003:
Is there some element in the US military
that wants to take out journalists?

by Robert Fisk, The Independent [London, UK]

April 8, 2003:
Pentagon saddened by journalists' deaths
The Pentagon said it was saddened by all deaths among journalists after US fire on the Iraqi capital killed employees of al-Jazeera, Reuters news agency and Spanish network Telecinco.   [Also]
April 8, 2003:
French TV film shows US tank
blasting reporters' hotel
Excerpt:  The tank's turret is seen moving toward the Palestine Hotel, where foreign reporters have set up shop, and the gun carriage lifting and waiting at least two minutes before opening up.
April 8, 2003:
US bombs Al-Jazeera in Baghdad

April 7, 2003:
Polish journalists abducted by armed men in Iraq, editors say

April 2, 2003:
US bombs Al-Jazeera in Basra
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March 10, 2003:
Pentagon threatens to kill
independent reporters in Iraq
Excerpt:  The Pentagon has threatened to fire on the satellite uplink positions of independent journalists in Iraq, according to veteran BBC war correspondent, Kate Adie. In an interview with Irish radio, Ms. Adie said that questioned about the consequences of such potentially fatal actions, a senior Pentagon officer had said: "Who cares.. ..They've been warned."
Nov. 19, 2001:
US bombs Al-Jazeera in Afghanistan

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Reporters killed in Iraq since
the U.S. invasion, March 20, 2003:


Saleh Ibrahim, an Associated Press Television News cameraman, killed when gunfire broke out after an explosion in the northern city of Mosul, April 23, 2005.

Television journalists Fadhil Hazem Fadhi and Ali Ibrahim Issa, both working for Al-Hurriya, killed when they drove by suicide bombings outside the Interior Ministry in Baghdad while on their way to an assignment, April 14, 2005.

Iraqi news anchor Raeda Wazzan, working for Iraqi state TV channel Al-Iraqiya, kidnapped on February 20, 2005 and found dead with multiple gunshots in the head five days later on a roadside in Mosul where she had lived and worked, Feb. 25, 2005.

Iraq television correspondent Abdul Hussein Khazal al-Basri, 40, working for U.S.-funded Iraqi television station Al-Hurra, and his 3-year-old son, Mohammed, both killed by gunmen as they left their home in Basra, Feb. 9, 2005.

Iraqi freelance cameraman Dhia Najim, on assignment for Reuters, killed in Ramadi where he had been covering a gunbattle between the U.S. military and Iraqi insurgents, Nov. 1, 2004.

Iraqi television anchorwoman Leqaa Abdul Razzaq, working for Al-Sharqiyah television, killed by gunmen as she was traveling by taxi to her home in Baghdad, Oct. 27, 2004.

Iraqi photographer Karam Hussein, working for European Pressphoto Agency, killed by a group of gunmen in front of his home in Mosul, Oct. 14, 2004.

Iraqi television reporter Dina Mohammed Hassan, working for Al-Hurriya, was killed in a drive-by shooting in front of her Baghdad residence by a gunman who shouted ``Collaborator! Collaborator!'' Oct. 14, 2004.

Palestinian television journalist Mazen al-Tumeizi, a reporter for Al-Arabiya television, reportedly killed after a U.S. helicopter fired missiles and machine guns to destroy a disabled American vehicle in Baghdad, Sept. 12, 2004.

Ismail Taher Mohsin, an Iraqi driver who worked for the AP, was ambushed by gunmen and killed near his home in Baghdad. The reasons for the slaying have never become clear, Sept. 2, 2004.

Italian freelance journalist Enzo Baldoni, 56, working for Milan-based weekly magazine Diario della Settimana and researching a book on militants, murdered by kidnappers from a militant group calling itself the Islamic Army in Iraq near Najaf, Aug. 26, 2004.

Iraqi cameraman Mahmoud Hamid Abbas, 32, working for the German television station Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, killed on assignment in Fallujah, Aug. 15, 2004.

Japanese photographer Shinsuke Hashida, 61, and his nephew, journalist Kotaro Ogawa, 33, on assignment for the Japanese daily Nikkan Gendai, killed in an ambush south of Baghdad, May 27, 2004.

Rashid Hamid Wali, assistant cameraman for the Qatar-based satellite channel Al-Jazeera, killed by gunfire while covering fighting between U.S. troops and militiamen loyal to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, in Karbala, May 21, 2004.

Correspondent Waldemar Milewicz and producer Mounir Bouamrane of Poland's TVP television, killed in an ambush by gunmen in Mahmoudiyah, about 20 miles south of Baghdad, May 7, 2004.

Correspondent Asaad Kadhim and driver Hussein Saleh of the U.S.-funded television station Al-Iraqiya shot by U.S. troops, April 19, 2004.

Burhan Mohamed Mazhour, Iraqi cameraman freelancing for ABC, killed in Fallujah, reportedly by U.S. troop fire in his direction, March 26, 2004.

Ali Abdel Aziz and Ali al-Khatib, of the United Arab Emirates-based news channel Al-Arabiya, shot by U.S. military near checkpoint in Baghdad, March 18, 2004.

Nadia Nasrat, news anchor with Coalition Provisional Authority's Iraq Media Network/Diyala TV, killed by unidentified assailants in Baqouba, March 18, 2004.

Twin suicide bombings on offices of Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and Kurdistan Democratic Party in Arbil kill six journalists, Safir Nader and Haymin Mohamed Salih, cameramen with Qulan TV; Abdel Sattar Abdel Karim, a freelance photographer for the Arabic-language daily Al Ta'akhy; Ayoub Mohamed and Gharib Mohamed Salih, of Kurdistan TV; and Semko Karim Mohyideen, a freelancer, Feb. 1, 2004.

Duraid Isa Mohammed, producer for CNN, killed with his driver in ambush outside Baghdad, Jan. 27, 2004.

Ahmed Shawkat of Iraqi independent weekly Bilah Ittijah killed by gunmen at his office in Mosul, Oct. 28, 2003.

Mark Fineman, correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, died in Baghdad of apparent heart attack, Sept. 23, 2003.

Mazen Dana, Reuters cameraman, shot while working near U.S.-run Abu Ghraib prison on outskirts of Baghdad, Aug. 17, 2003.

Jeremy Little, Australian sound engineer for NBC News, died July 6, 2003, at military hospital in Germany from wounds suffered June 29, 2003, in a grenade attack on a military vehicle in Fallujah.

Richard Wild, British freelance cameraman, shot on street corner outside Iraq's Natural History Museum in Baghdad, July 5, 2003.

Elizabeth Neuffer, reporter for The Boston Globe, killed with her translator Waleed Khalifa Hassan Al-Dulami when their car hit a guardrail on highway north of Baghdad, May 8, 2003.

Mario Podesto, Argentine television reporter, killed in car crash outside Baghdad, April 14, 2003. Veronica Cabrera, Argentine freelance camerawoman, died April 15 of injuries from the crash.

Tareq Ayyoub, Jordanian, journalist for Al-Jazeera, killed when network's Baghdad office hit in U.S. bombing campaign, April 8, 2003.

Jose Couso, cameraman for Spanish television network Telecinco, and Taras Protsyuk, Ukrainian TV cameraman for Reuters, killed when U.S. tank fired at Palestine hotel in Baghdad, April 8, 2003.

Christian Liebig, of Germany's Focus weekly, and Julio Parrado, of Spain's El Mundo, killed in Iraqi rocket attack on U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division south of Baghdad, April 7, 2003.

Kamaran Abdurazaq Muhamed, Kurdish translator for BBC, killed in U.S. aircraft bombing of joint convoy of Kurdish fighters and U.S. Special Forces in northern Iraq, April 6, 2003.

David Bloom, NBC News reporter, died from an apparent blood clot while covering the war south of Baghdad, April 6, 2003.

Michael Kelly, editor-at-large for The Atlantic Monthly, killed when Humvee he was riding in with U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division plunged into canal near Baghdad, April 3, 2003.

Kaveh Golestan, Iranian freelance cameraman for BBC, killed in land mine explosion in northern town of Kifrey, April 2, 2003.

Gaby Rado, correspondent for Britain's Channel 4 News, died after apparently falling from a hotel roof in northern Iraq, March 30, 2003.

Terry Lloyd, correspondent for Britain's Independent Television News, and translator Hussein Osman of Lebanon, shot in fighting between coalition and Iraqi forces near Basra, March 22, 2003. Independent Television News journalist, cameraman Fred Nerac of France, has been missing since this incident.

Paul Moran, freelance cameraman for Australian Broadcasting Corporation, killed in apparent car bomb at checkpoint in northern Iraq, March 22, 2003.

Sources: AP reports and
the Committee to Protect Journalists.
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