Sunday, January 15, 2006

More Good News From Iraq

There's so much good news coming out of Iraq, I can hardly stand it.  Here's one of the highlights:
U.S. military frees two Reuters journalists in Iraq
Sun Jan 15, 2006 3:13 PM GMT
By Alastair Macdonald

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S. military freed two Iraqi journalists who work for Reuters on Sunday after holding them for several months without charge.

Ali al-Mashhadani, a television cameraman who was arrested in August, and Majed Hameed, a correspondent for Reuters and Al Arabiya television who was detained in September, are both based in Ramadi, one of the centres of Sunni Arab insurgency.

They were freed from Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison after being held there and at Camp Bucca, a U.S. jail in southern Iraq.

Some 500 other detainees were released at the same time.

At least three other Iraqi journalists for international media, including a freelance cameraman working for Reuters in the northern town of Tal Afar, remain in custody.

Reuters has urged the U.S. military also to free Samir Mohammed Noor, who has been held without charge since his arrest at his home in Tal Afar seven months ago. A cameraman for U.S. television network CBS in Mosul has been held since April. [...]

Reuters and international media rights groups have repeatedly voiced concern at the long U.S. detentions of journalists without legal process.

They have in particular criticised the military's refusal to deal more quickly with suspicions apparently arising from the reporters' legitimate journalistic activities covering the insurgency. [...]
HT Cervantes, via Today In Iraq.