Wednesday, August 20, 2003

Reporters sans frontières calls for inquiry into killing of journalist in Iraq: "In a letter today to US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Reporters Without Borders said it was 'appalled and shocked' by the fatal shooting of Reuters cameraman Mazen Dana by a US soldier yesterday in Iraq. The press freedom organisation called for an immediate enquiry that would be 'honest, rapid and designed to shed full light on this tragedy, not whitewash the US army.'

"Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said that US troops had committed many blunders during the war in Iraq 'but none has been the subject of an investigation worthy of the name.' The Pentagon's so-called enquiry into the shelling of the Palestine Hotel on 8 April, of which only the unconvincing conclusions have been made public, 'shamelessly exonerates the US army,' he said."

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