Saturday, July 22, 2006

The U.S. Military Intentionally Targets Journalists in Case You Hadn't Noticed

Ron Suskind: US Deliberately Bombed Al Jazeera

CJR Daily
What Happened at Al Jazeera's Kabul Bureau?

If Suskind was somewhat vague about the incident in his book (he writes that "inside the CIA and White House there was satisfaction that a message had been sent to al-Jazeera" on the day of the bombing), he cleared up any ambiguity during an appearance this week on CNN's Situation Room. "My sources are clear that that was done on purpose, precisely to send a message to al-Jazeera, and essentially a message was sent," he told Wolf Blitzer. "... There was great anger at al-Jazeera at this point." He added, "I'll tell you emphatically it was a deliberate act by the U.S."

Reporters Without Borders

Al-Ahram Weekly

In an article published earlier this week by top British journalist Robert Fisk, he recalled a conversation with Al-Jazeera's correspondent in Baghdad before the Arab Media Centre which housed his offices was bombed: "I remarked how easy a target his Baghdad office would make if the Americans wanted to destroy its coverage -- seen across the Arab world -- of civilian victims of the Anglo-American bombing of Iraq. 'Don't worry, Robert,' Tareq Ayoub replied. 'We've given the Americans the exact location of our bureau so we won't get hit.' Three days later, Tareq was dead."... US interrogators are obsessed with the idea of Al-Qaeda infiltration of the channel.

Associated Press
AL Jazeera Journalist Killed

The Abu Dhabi TV office in Baghdad also was targeted by U.S. bombing, the station reported.

FOIA regquest for Al Jazeera memo denied: But Number 10 officially confirms it exists

Democracy Now!
Al Jazeera London Bureau Chief Responds to Report of British Memo

Goodman: One of the people you were up against was arguing that it was right to attack Al Jazeera, saying it's state media.
Fouda: No decent human being on earth would even begin to justify murdering journalists. And in the name of what? In the name of spreading freedom in our part of the world? I mean, you just can’t argue that you are trying to defend everything that Western civilization stands for, that you are trying to spread freedom and democracy in the Middle East, but in the process, you are actually doing exactly the opposite.

Arab News
Wife of Al-Jazeera Journalist Files Lawsuit Against Bush, Rumsfeld