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Reuters says US troops obstruct reporting of Iraq (Reuters)
Khaleej Times

Posted on 09/28/2005 7:09:27 AM PDT by Grendel9

28 September 2005

LONDON - The conduct of US troops in Iraq, including increasing detention and accidental shootings of journalists, is preventing full coverage of the war reaching the American public, Reuters said on Wednesday.

In a letter to Virginia Republican Sen. John Warner, head of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Reuters said US forces were limiting the ability of independent journalists to operate.

The letter from Reuters Global Managing Editor David Schlesinger called on Warner to raise widespread media concerns about the conduct of US troops with Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who is due to testify to the committee on Thursday.

Schlesinger referred to “a long parade of disturbing incidents whereby professional journalists have been killed, wrongfully detained, and/or illegally abused by US forces in Iraq.”

He urged Warner to demand that Rumsfeld resolve these issues ”in a way that best balances the legitimate security interests of the US forces in Iraq and the equally legitimate rights of journalists in conflict zones under international law”.

US forces acknowledge killing three Reuters journalists, most recently soundman Waleed Khaled who was shot by American soldiers on Aug. 28 while on assignment in Baghdad. But the military say the soldiers were justified in opening fire.

Reuters believes a fourth journalist working for the agency, who died in Ramadi last year, was killed by a US sniper.

”The worsening situation for professional journalists in Iraq directly limits journalists’ abilities to do their jobs and, more importantly, creates a serious chilling effect on the media overall,” Schlesinger wrote.

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

“Spiraling out of control”

Schlesinger said the US military had refused to conduct independent and transparent investigations into the deaths of the Reuters journalists, relying instead on inquiries by officers from the units responsible, who had exonerated their soldiers.

Schlesinger said Reuters and other reputable international news organisations were concerned by the “sizeable and rapidly increasing number of journalists detained by US forces”.

He said most of these detentions had been prompted by legitimate journalistic activity such as possessing photographs and video of insurgents, whichUS soldiers assumed showed sympathy with the insurgency.

In most cases the journalists were held for long periods at Abu Ghraib or Camp Bucca prisons before being released without charge.

At least four journalists working for international media are currently being held without charge or legal representation in Iraq. They include two cameramen working for Reuters and a freelance reporter who sometimes works for the agency.

A cameraman working for the US network CBS has been detained since April despite an Iraqi court saying his case does not justify prosecution. Iraq’s justice minister has criticised the system of military detentions without charge.

Schlesinger’s letter said: “It appears as though the US forces in Iraq either completely misunderstand the role of professional journalists or do not know how to deal with journalists in a conflict zone, or both.”

Reuters and other media organisations in Iraq had repeatedly tried to hold a dialogue with the Pentagon to establish appropriate guidelines on how to safeguard journalists. These efforts had failed “and the situation is now spiraling out of control”, Schlesinger said.

He asked Warner to question Rumsfeld specifically about the rules of engagement towards professional journalists, the failure to hold independent investigations into shooting incidents and to ask what was the guidance to US forces on how to distinguish legitimate journalists from insurgents.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: reuterrorism
Let's see...we haven't had Rumsfeld in our sights for a couple of weeks now. Let's see if we can get the ASC fired up enough to embarrass him and Bush some more! Americans are like any other people...if they hear/see enough smoke, they're going to believe there's got to be some fire there somewhere. Hillary's husband says she needs our help!
1 posted on 09/28/2005 7:09:28 AM PDT by Grendel9
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To: Grendel9

In a free and open society, it's a sad testiment to the current state of affairs when I view the culling and harrassment of journalists to be a good thing.

:(


2 posted on 09/28/2005 7:11:42 AM PDT by Heavyrunner (Socialize this.)
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To: Grendel9

Hey Reutewrs, please post the name of the author. Our Delta squad is interested. :)


3 posted on 09/28/2005 7:12:39 AM PDT by theDentist (The Dems have put all their eggs in one basket-case: Howard "Belltower" Dean.)
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To: Grendel9

My heart pumps piss for Rueters.


4 posted on 09/28/2005 7:13:21 AM PDT by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, Air Force and Navy, Pray for all our military .)
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The soldiers should be reprimanded for not killing the reporters from 300 meters.


5 posted on 09/28/2005 7:14:03 AM PDT by Pio (Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus)
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To: Grendel9

What part of WAR ZONE don't you understand Reuters?


6 posted on 09/28/2005 7:14:30 AM PDT by jaydubya
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To: Grendel9

It was a bad idea to let the media into a war zone to being with -- especially an anti-American, anti-military, anti-Bush media -- that just serves to aid and abet our enemies.

Bad decision.


7 posted on 09/28/2005 7:15:11 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: Grendel9

Schlesinger said Reuters and other reputable international news organisations were concerned by the “sizeable and rapidly increasing number of journalists detained by US forces”.

"Reputable" in my humble opinion means being able to present both sides of a story ACCURATELY..perhaps the good guys recognize Reuters for what it is, ANTI-U.S., ANTI-troops, ANTI-war and willing to do whatever it can to embarrass us and sympathize with the terrorists..(Reuters does NOT use the word terrorists by the way, they prefer "insurgents"..political correctness and all)..


8 posted on 09/28/2005 7:16:09 AM PDT by GeorgiaDawg32 (Honest officer, I wasn't speeding.....I was qualifying)
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To: Grendel9

This should be taken as an indication of progress in the WOT.


9 posted on 09/28/2005 7:21:37 AM PDT by x1stcav (Hooahh!)
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To: Grendel9


10 posted on 09/28/2005 7:22:19 AM PDT by x1stcav (Hooahh!)
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To: Grendel9
In a letter to Virginia Republican Sen. John Warner, head of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Reuters said US forces were limiting the ability of independent journalists to operate.

So they sit in their hotels and make up stories that have little basis in fact.

There is nothing that says the military has protect the media, especially when the media is functioning as the enemy. Frankly, I'm proud of the restraint the military has shown. If they had not been showing restraint, there wouldn't be a member of the media alive anywhere on the face of the planet.

11 posted on 09/28/2005 7:24:02 AM PDT by McGavin999 (We're a First World Country with a Third World Press (Except for Hume & Garrett ))
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To: Grendel9

Reuters is mad because they want to accompany the terrorists to glorify their actions. They don't like the consequences such as being shot with their terrorist buddies.

The left will accept nothing less than total defeat of our troops unless, of course, the left is in power.


12 posted on 09/28/2005 7:25:31 AM PDT by melancholy (There are no columnists in the MSM, only fifth columnists.)
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To: Grendel9

Accidental shootings of of reporters should not be countenanced! It should be policy!


13 posted on 09/28/2005 7:29:08 AM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: PzLdr

<>g<>


14 posted on 09/28/2005 7:30:41 AM PDT by Grendel9 (uick)
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To: Grendel9
Crybabies...


15 posted on 09/28/2005 7:33:12 AM PDT by Dallas59 (“You love life, while we love death.” - Al-Qaeda / Democratic Party)
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To: Grendel9

Hey! Let them get their "news" from their usual source, Al Gezeera!


16 posted on 09/28/2005 7:33:45 AM PDT by Brofholdonow
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To: EagleUSA

I don't know...embedding the troops worked really
great for the first year. The troops were happy with
the idea; they liked the folks back home being told
where they were (after the action) and what they were
doing, especially re their morale. Then the LEFT
decided send their own reporters into the fray, NOT
embedded, but housed in those poshy hotel rooms. The
good news out of Iraq immediately ceased! From then
on, it was strictly how many American soldiers were
killed that day!


17 posted on 09/28/2005 7:35:28 AM PDT by Grendel9 (uick)
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To: Grendel9

From then on, it was strictly how many American soldiers were killed that day!
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Or, how many soldiers, doing their duty and fighting, can we set up as WAR CRIMINALS AND MURDERERS....


18 posted on 09/28/2005 7:36:51 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: Grendel9

We (nominally, "Iraq") do not need to let any reporters in at all. Those who come in, are under no illusion about the danger of being mistaken for the enemy, that is if they aren't actually the enemy already.


19 posted on 09/28/2005 7:38:17 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (No wonder the Southern Baptist Church threw Greer out: Only one god per church! [Ann Coulter])
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To: Grendel9

I'm guessing that the only news source most freepers would find reputable, would be the ones that denied these charges...


20 posted on 09/28/2005 7:40:39 AM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to.....otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: Grendel9; Sidebar Moderator

Oh, and what's this "Khaleej Times"? Link?


21 posted on 09/28/2005 7:40:57 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (No wonder the Southern Baptist Church threw Greer out: Only one god per church! [Ann Coulter])
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To: Grendel9

And what is going to prevent Iraqi's from shooting them as traitors to their cause for freedom?


22 posted on 09/28/2005 7:42:41 AM PDT by Spirited
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To: Grendel9

Also, the journalists want to hang out with terrorists because the terrorists know when and where the news is going to happen. Isn't it amazing that the journalists are at most major bombings near the very beginning. We were suspicious when Al-Jezeera was there thinking they were in collusion w/the enemy and I don't know how we can think anything less of these journalists.


23 posted on 09/28/2005 7:48:50 AM PDT by tiki
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To: Grendel9
After WWII, American and BRITISH forces occupying Germany made reporting on the German insurgency a capital crime and punished violations my military tribunal.

It’s too late to do that in Iraq, but not too late to impede the progress of propagandists. Killing them is not an option, but refusing to make special no-fire zones so they travel unimpeded is justified.

24 posted on 09/28/2005 7:51:21 AM PDT by elfman2 (2 tacos short of a combination plate)
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To: Grendel9
.... what was the guidance to US forces on how to distinguish legitimate journalists from insurgents.

How about this for guidance?

Anyone accompanying "insurgents", by Geneva Convention definition, is an enemy combatant.

25 posted on 09/28/2005 8:01:04 AM PDT by jimtorr
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To: Heavyrunner
the culling

LOL. Need to keep the population of excess, disease-ridden Leftists down.

26 posted on 09/28/2005 8:04:45 AM PDT by pierrem15
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To: pierrem15

Michael Yon doesn't seem to have any problem getting good stories...


27 posted on 09/28/2005 8:14:40 AM PDT by IGOTMINE (Front Sight. Press. Follow Through. It's a way of life.)
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To: stuartcr

Absolutely.


28 posted on 09/28/2005 8:17:02 AM PDT by roses of sharon
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To: tiki

And I suppose that if Reuters wanted to follow a Jeffrey Dahmer-style killer as he raped and murdered his victims, they think they would be entitled to do that. In my mind, they are accessories to murder.


29 posted on 09/28/2005 8:23:02 AM PDT by TravisBickle
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To: IGOTMINE

Michael Yon is a real reporter and a real American, not a shill for terrorists waiting at the hotel bar for the insurgents the news agency hired yesterday to return with a 'story'.


30 posted on 09/28/2005 8:25:08 AM PDT by pierrem15
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To: TravisBickle

I think that such things have happened. There have been times when a journalist could have intervened to stop a crime and didn't so they could have a good story.


31 posted on 09/28/2005 8:30:38 AM PDT by tiki
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