This is not the first time
“The Americans have delivered so many messages to us, but we simply refused all of them,” Youssif al-Tamimi of the ISJ in
Some Iraqi journalists blame the Iraqi government.
“Four years of occupation, and those Americans still commit such foolish mistakes by following the advice of their Iraqi collaborators,” Ahmad Hassan, a freelance journalist from
There is a growing belief in
“It is our Iraqi colleagues who pushed the Americans to that hole,” Fadhil Abbas, an Iraqi television producer told IPS. “Some journalists who failed to fake the truth here are trying hard to silence truth seekers by providing false information to the
The incident occurred just two days after the Iraqi Union covering journalists received formal recognition from the government. The new status allowed the Syndicate access to its previously blocked bank account, and it had just purchased new computers and satellite equipment.
“Just at the point when the Syndicate achieves formal recognition for its work as an independent body of professionals, the American military carries out a brutal and unprovoked assault,” International Federation of Journalists General Secretary Aidan White said in a statement. “Anyone working for media that does not endorse
The raid was a “shocking violation of journalists’ rights,” White said. “In the past three years more than 120 Iraqi journalists, many of them Syndicate members, have been killed, and now their union has been turned over in an unprovoked act of intimidation.”
“The Americans and their Iraqi government followers are destroying social activities and civil unions so that no group can oppose their crimes and plans,” 55-year-old lawyer Hashim Jawad of the Iraqi Lawyers Union in
The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC), an independent humanitarian association based in
The media watchdog group Reporters Without Borders lists at least 148 journalists and media workers killed in
The group also compiles an annual Press Freedom Index for countries around the world. In 2002, under Saddam Hussein’s rule,
The same index listed the
The Brussels Tribunal, a group of “intellectuals, artists and activists who denounce the…war,” lists the names, dates and circumstances in which 191 media professionals of Iraqi nationality have been killed.
The PEC and the other watchdogs have requested the Iraqi government to launch an immediate inquiry into the attack.
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