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Why is the military killing international journalists?
    #1441850 - 04/09/03 05:35 AM (13 years, 10 months ago)

U.S. Tank Kills Journalists

Two journalists were killed and at least three were injured Tuesday when U.S. forces fired on their hotel in central Baghdad. The Americans said they were responding to fire in the area of the hotel.

A correspondent for the Al-Jazeera television network died in a separate attack.

The United States agreed later not to fire on the 18-story Palestine Hotel, where many members of the international media are staying to cover the war.

"We don't target journalists. But we will continue to target Iraqi military forces," said Capt. Frank Thorp, a Central Command spokesman in Qatar.

CBS News Correspondent Lara Logan was inside the hotel when it was fired on.

The U.S. military said "that they were under fire from the building - small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades," reports Logan. "But I know, because I was in the building, along with all the other journalists who were here, that no one was firing from this building."

Logan says the incident "brings it home to us because we're here on the ground.

"But this is happening to Iraqi families all across Baghdad." ....

Australia's The Age has published a report that indicates it was a deliberate hit:

Footage filmed by France 3 television of a strike on a hotel which killed two journalists in Baghdad today shows a US tank targeting the journalists' hotel and waiting at least two minutes before firing.

Herve de Ploeg, the journalist and film editor who filmed the attack, said: "I did not hear any shots in the direction of the tank, which was stationed at the west entrance of the Al-Jumhuriya (Republic) bridge, 600 metres north-west of the hotel.

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.

The French TV channel had positioned two cameras in two rooms facing the bridge as of 6:30am (11:30 local time).

"It had been very quiet for a moment. There was no shooting at all. Then I saw the turret turning in our direction and the carriage lifting. It faced the target," said De Ploeg.

"It was not a case of instinctive firing," he said......

Journalists' union slams deaths in Iraq

By Gareth Harding
UPI Chief European Correspondent
From the International Desk
Published 4/8/2003 12:09 PM

BRUSSELS, Belgium, April 8 (UPI) -- The International Federation of Journalists on Tuesday accused U.S. and Iraqi forces of committing war crimes against reporters after five correspondents were killed around Baghdad in less than 24 hours.

The IFJ, which represents 500,000 journalists worldwide in more than 100 countries, called for an independent inquiry into the deaths.

"There is no doubt at all that these attacks could be targeting journalists," said Aidan White, General Secretary of the IFJ. "If so, they are grave and serious violations of international law."

"The bombing of hotels where journalists are staying and the targeting of Arab media are particularly shocking events in a war which is being fought in the name of democracy. Those who are responsible must be brought to justice."

Two cameramen working for Spain's Telecinco TV station and the Reuters news agency died Tuesday and four other journalists were wounded when an American tank blasted Baghdad's Palestine Hotel. U.S. army officials said troops were responding to sniper fire from the high-rise hotel, where much of the international media is based.

"Journalists are never targeted, but war is a dangerous event. These people are in a combat zone," said Rumi Nielson Green, a spokesman for the U.S. command in Doha, Qatar.

In a separate incident, a correspondent from the al-Jazeera network was killed and a colleague injured when U.S. missiles landed on the station's Baghdad office.

A U.S. State Department Spokesman said the building was hit by mistake. "It is something we all regret. But I don't believe that it is possible that it was deliberate," Nabil Khoury told the Qatar-based broadcasting company.

On Monday, two Spanish and German reporters were killed when an Iraqi missile struck a U.S. army camp south of Baghdad. The IFJ says 12 journalists have been killed in the two-week-long campaign to oust Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

While accusing U.S. forces of deliberately targeting al-Jazeera, White accused the Iraqi regime of using journalists as human shields.

"The Baghdad authorities are just as culpable with their reckless disregard for civilian lives," he said.

The Brussels-based IFJ called for a review of international rules to improve journalists' protection during conflicts.

"This war has been the most televised conflict in history," said White, "but the protection afforded to journalists and media staff is prehistoric by comparison."

French TV film shows US tank blasting hotel


April 08 2003 at 04:57PM

Baghdad - Footage filmed by France 3 television of a strike on a hotel which killed two journalists in Baghdad on Tuesday shows a US tank targeting the journalists' hotel and waiting at least two minutes before firing, according to an AFP correspondent who viewed the film.

"I did not hear any shots in the direction of the tank, which was stationed at the west entrance of the Al-Jumhuriya (Republic) bridge, 600 metres north-west of the hotel," said Herve de Ploeg, the journalist and film editor on contract with the French channel who filmed the attack.

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.

The French TV channel had positioned two cameras in two rooms facing the bridge as of 6.30am (02h30 GMT).

"It had been very quiet for a moment. There was no shooting at all. Then I saw the turret turning in our direction and the carriage lifting. It faced the target," said De Ploeg.

"It was not a case of instinctive firing," he said.

The firing took place at 11.59am (08h59 GMT), said France 3 reporter Caroline Sinz.

"I'm very specific because I was due to go on air," she explained.

The incident killed a cameraman for the Telecinco Spanish television station and another for the British news agency Reuters. Three Reuters staffers were also wounded.

The Spanish cameraman was named as Jose Couso, 37. The Reuters cameraman was named as Ukrainian Taras Protsyuk, 35.

A US commander said the tank fired a single round at the hotel.

"The tank was receiving fire from the hotel, RPG (rocket-propelled grenade) and small-arms fire, and engaged with one tank round. The firing stopped," said General Buford Blount, commander of the 3rd Infantry Division, speaking at Baghdad's international airport.

A reporter for the Arab satellite television network Al-Jazeera died earlier on Tuesday and a cameraman was injured after the station's offices in Baghdad were hit in a separate attack that the Qatar-based channel charged was a deliberate US strike. - Sapa-AFP

Al-Jazeera claims military 'cover up'

Arabic satellite news channel al-Jazeera has accused the US of deliberately bombing its offices in Baghdad in an attempt to "cover up" its activities in Iraq.

Correspondent Majed Abdul-Hadi said his colleagues believed the bombardment was most probably deliberate.

"Astonishment, concern and fear" are gripping journalists after al-Jazeera and Abu Dhabi offices were targeted, he said, as he announced the death of journalist Tareq Ayyoub on air today.

"The killing of colleague Tareq Ayyoub and the bombardment of the al-Jazeera office is to cover up the great crime which the Iraqi people are subjected to at the hands of the United States," Abdul-Hadi said.

The broadcaster's chief editor, Ibrahim Hilal, speaking from the station's headquarters in Doha, Qatar, said the Pentagon had been aware of the location of its offices. But he refused to say whether he believed the attack was intentional.

"Our office is in a residential area and even the Pentagon knows its location," he said.....


It is the second time an al-Jazeera office has been in US bombing raids - during the conflict in Afghanistan the broadcaster's Kabul offices were destroyed by a US bomb.

After that attack the Pentagon claimed the compound being used by al-Jazeera had "military significance" and that it had not known it was being used by the broadcaster.

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Re: Why is the military killing international journalists? [Re: RadioActiveSlug]
    #1441999 - 04/09/03 07:37 AM (13 years, 10 months ago)

Yeah, Amazing isnt it?

It looks like a couple reporters have their head out of their asses a little bit more after this one.

Maybe after the US takes down the hotel with some 2000lb bombs then we'll start getting the news they are in other countries.

I feel like Im stuck in Wag the Dog meets Donnie Darko.


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