Thursday, November 18, 2004
According to the global managing editor of the Arab owned news agency al-Reuters, the US is responsible for the death of Islamic propagandists embedded with terrorists in Iraq: US 'to blame' for journalist deaths. (Via LGF)
THE global managing editor of British news agency Reuters said today the US military was entirely to blame for the deaths of three of its employees in Iraq since the start of the war there in March 2003, an allegation disputed by the Pentagon.
"All of them were killed by the American army," Reuters chief David Schlesinger told reporters on the sidelines of a media conference in the southern Portuguese resort of Vilamoura, Portuguese national news agency Lusa reported.
"There is no understanding on the part of the US military regarding the the exercise of journalism," he said, according to the agency. ...
Two Reuters photographers and a cameraman are among the more than 60 war-related deaths of media workers recorded in Iraq.
The most recent death occurred in the Iraqi city of Ramadi on November 1.
The US military said a cameraman killed there while on assignment for Reuters died in a gunbattle between marines and insurgents, but the Iraqi man's colleagues and family have said they believe he was shot by a US sniper. ...
Another Reuters cameraman, a Ukrainian citizen, was killed in April 2003 when a US army tank fired on the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad.
A cameraman from Spain's Telecinco television network was also killed in the strike, which injured three other reporters.