Tuesday, October 7, 2003

The War on Al-Jazeera

killing > journalists > unpunished
Dima Tareq Tahboub is the widow of Tareq Ayyoub the Al-Jazeera journalist murdered by the US & UK invasion forces on April 8, 2003, during the bombing of the Al-Jazeera offices in Baghdad. About the deliberate character of the bombing she seems quite certain:
"The US didn't take responsibility for the attacks, claiming that all three were mistakes and insisting that it did not know the whereabouts of journalists, apart from those "embedded" with its troops. Later, al-Jazeera's director confirmed that it had given the precise location of the station's Baghdad office to the Pentagon three months before the war. My husband and the others were killed in broad daylight, in locations known to the Pentagon as media sites."
This is part of the attack on Al-Jazeera, whose latest manifestation was the arrest of Tayssir Alouni in Spain.
Freedom of the press doesn't mean what it used to any more...

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