Tuesday, January 13, 2004

"IF YOU DON'T SHUT UP WE'LL FUCK YOU" -- US soldier to Reuters cameraman

A highly disturbing report on the treatment of three staff from Reuters by American forces in Iraq.

The US military is alleged to have claimed that the Reuters journalists were "enemy personnel" who had opened fire on US troops. The journalists were brutalised and humiliated for 72 hours.

Reuters has lodged a complaint with the Pentagon. The cases of Taras Protswuk, Mazen Dana and my own BBC colleagues in the "Friendly Fire" incident in Northern Iraq, however, suggest that any investigation will lead nowhere.


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