Saturday, August 28, 2004

Media Relations, Iraqi Style 
From the Guardian:

Correspondents in the Najaf Sea hotel said around a dozen policemen, some masked, stormed into the rooms of journalists and forced them into vans and a truck.

The Independent's Donald Macintyre reported that the police, some masked, "shouted threats and abuse at the reporters, along with their Iraqi drivers and translators, and fired about a dozen shots inside and outside the hotel before taking them before the police chief, Major-General Ghaleb al-Jazaari, to hear his emotional complaints about media coverage and the sufferings of police officers during the present crisis".

And the Daily Telegraph said today that its correspondent, a translator and a driver had been forced into a bus and two lorries before being subjected to a "tirade against the press".

No, I was not directly involved.

We're making progress, though. At least the press in Iraq can now publicly acknowledge that Iraqi thugs try to intimidate journalists--which is more than they could do under the previous regime.

No, I don't condone the Iraqi security forces' behavior here. I understand it!!!! But I don't condone it.

Splash, out


Hey, excellent website. A great Iraq resource is Deaths in Iraq. It breaks all of the casualties down by age, race, branch of the military, country, etc.
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