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Politics: The Price Was High

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CONTRIBUTORS:
  Author Rattansi, Afshin (b. 1968, d. ----)
JOURNAL:
  Critical Quarterly, 45(4), 126 - 135.
YEAR: 2003
PUB TYPE: Journal Article
SUBJECT(S): Weapons of Mass Destruction, BBC, BBC Today programme, Hutton Inquiry, David Kelly, Weapons Scientist
DISCIPLINE: Political Science
HTTP: http://usa.mediamonitors.net/content/view/full/2783/
LANGUAGE: English
PUB ID: 103-422-515 (Last edited on 2005/12/26 20:34:57 US/Mountain)
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ABSTRACT:
US troops in Iraq seize an Al Jazeera cameraman for filming an attack on American soldiers in Mosul - the tape confiscated, he goes on hunger strike to win his release; four Turkish journalists are detained by US troops after one of them took a photograph of a US soldier on a tank; journalists from Iran are detained for over a month; a Japanese reporter filming the bodies of Iraqis killed in a US raid finds himself in an arm-lock. He’s forced to the ground before American soldiers give him a sound kicking with their army boots. Soldiers with telescopic sights confuse a Sony video camera for a rocket-propelled grenade launcher and shoot a Palestinian cameraman from Reuters dead. And, still, no Weapons of Mass Destruction are found as the US hires the UN to mop up ahead of 2004’s Iowa Caucus. Every other day, another US soldier dies and US deputy defence secretary, Paul Wolfowitz, blames Arab TV channels, al-Arabiya and Al Jazeera for endangering the lives of occupying troops in Iraq. The moral when the media become the news? It’s easy to spot who’s actively being a journalist. They’re the ones prepared to run a gauntlet of slanderous abuse. Or, most tragic of all, they’re the ones who die in foreign bureaus after volunteering coordinates to the Pentagon.
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