One of the outstanding marks of a fascist government has always been that it closely controls the news sources.
AP chief: Iraqi photographer detained indefinitely by US simply for doing his job
11/24/2007 @ 2:22 pm
Filed by RAW STORY
Associated Press President and CEO Tom Curley is highly skeptical of the U.S. military in its treatment of Pulitzer Prize-winning AP photographer Bilal Hussein, an Iraqi native who has been imprisoned for 19 months under suspicion of “links to insurgents.”
In his Washington Post Op/Ed Railroading A Journalist In Iraq, Curley says that, despite Hussein never being charged with a crime, the military has kept him detained with claims, some trumped-up and others false; Curley believes that the real reason Hussein is being detained is because he was “taking photographs the U.S. government did not want its citizens to see.”
A criminal case is pending in Iraqi court, and little information has been made available, even to Mr. Hussein’s attorney, former federal prosecutor Paul Gardephe. Hussein has been illegally interrogated, and his detention could continue even if he wins his case in court, if he is considered an “imminent security threat.”
“If this is the kind of justice we are dealing with in Iraq, it is a pretty crude justice,” says AP counsel Dave Tomlin to Editor & Publisher. “We continue not to have heard anything that would be grounds for a charge.”
“What is new this week,” continues Tomlin, “is that after months of stonewalling, they propose on less than two weeks notice to drag him into a court room.”
One incident Tomlin recalls suggests that Hussein was being set up. After Hussein was accused of being photographed with bomb-making equipment, evidence suggested that he was forced to stand for the photograph.