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06/07/2003 Entry: "Journalists killed at Baghdad hotel on April 8"

"On April 8, two journalists were killed in Baghdad. By this date, only weeks into the conflict, the death toll for journalists in Iraq was an alarming 10, more than double the total killed in the entirety of the first Gulf War in 1991. But what was especially worrisome about the deaths of Ukraine-born Reuters cameraman, Taras Protsyuk, and Spanish photographer Jose Couso, was that neither man was near the front lines.

"Both were in their hotels. Alongside roughly 100 other journalists from virtually every major international news outlet in the country at the time, Protsyuk and Couso were recouping in an officially recognized safe zone - the Palestine Hotel. But an American tank on the opposite bank of the Tigris River, roughly three-quarters of a mile away, fired directly at the hotel anyway. The US military stated that the incident was a regrettable though unavoidable mistake. However, with the recent release of an investigation by the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists there is new evidence that the incident was in fact entirely avoidable, and a Spanish judge is being asked to file formal extradition charges against the responsible three US military officers."
Pressure grows over US killing of journalists, by Ian Urbina, Asia Times, June 7, 2003

More proof that wars are messy and should be avoided at all costs. Not that we needed more proof, we already have mutilated children, looted museums, nearly 200 dead soldiers (ours, we don't have a number for the Iraqis, civilian or military) and no end in sight for this quagmire, but there you have it.

 

 

 

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