15.9.05

CPJ criticises US military over journalist killings



CPJ The Committee to Protect Journalists has slammed the US military for failing to carry out proper investigations into the 13 journalists who have been killed by its forces in Iraq.

According to the CPJ report, a further 40 journalists have been killed while covering the conflict as well as 21 media support staff - two of whom were killed by US troops.

The most recent case highlighted what CPJ denounced as the US military' s indifference to the situation. An investigation into the killing of Reuters soundman, Waleed Khaled (pictured) on 28th August this year has not yet reported its findings but an interim statement by military officials is already smokescreening and states that soldiers had followed "established rules of engagement" and acted in an "appropriate" manner. How they will justify this killing as 'appropriate' remains to be seen.

CPJ full story HERE
CPJ Analysis of journalist killings HERE
For further discussion see MediaBeak's comment on MediaGuardian HERE

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