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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Reuters claims U.S. troops hinder reporting in Iraq

"The conduct of U.S. troops in Iraq, including increasing detention and accidental shootings of journalists, is preventing full coverage of the war reaching the American public", said Reuters today. David Schlesinger, Global Managing Editor of Reuters Global writes in an letter to Virginia Republican Sen. John Warner that "U.S. forces were limiting the ability of independent journalists to operate" and calls on Warner "to raise widespread media concerns about the conduct of U.S. troops with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who is due to testify to the committee on Thursday." The letter refers to "a long parade of disturbing incidents whereby professional journalists have been killed, wrongfully detained, and/or illegally abused by U.S. forces in Iraq."

The letter said, "By limiting the ability of the media to fully and independently cover the events in Iraq, the U.S. forces are unduly preventing U.S. citizens from receiving information...and undermining the very freedoms the U.S. says it is seeking to foster every day that it commits U.S. lives and U.S. dollars."

Source: Reuters

Posted by Anna-Maria Mende on September 28, 2005 at 03:29 PM | Permalink

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