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Monday, January 09, 2006

James Risen? You Got Next 

I never meant to imply US forces acted with ill intent when US forces accidentally killed journalists, and I apologise to anyone who thought I said or believed otherwise.
-- Former CNN news exec Eason Jordan, in his resignation speech, February, 2005

Our revered colleague Joe the Heretik informs us that Mr. Jordan was perhaps just a trifle hasty there:
American troops in Baghdad yesterday blasted their way into the home of an Iraqi journalist working for the Guardian and Channel 4, firing bullets into the bedroom where he was sleeping with his wife and children.

Ali Fadhil, who two months ago won the Foreign Press Association young journalist of the year award, was hooded and taken for questioning. He was released hours later.

Dr Fadhil is working with Guardian Films on an investigation for Channel 4's Dispatches programme into claims that tens of millions of dollars worth of Iraqi funds held by the Americans and British have been misused or misappropriated.

The troops told Dr Fadhil that they were looking for an Iraqi insurgent and seized video tapes he had shot for the programme. These have not yet been returned.
The children in the bedroom with Dr. Fadhil and his wife were Sarah, age three, and Adam, seven months.

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