US soldiers not prosecuted for killing British journalist in Iraq


This video says about itself:

Journalist killed by US forces in Iraq

AGENCY POOL, 17 August 2003
Abu Ghraib

1. Various footage from Mazen Dana’s camera of Abu Ghraib prison
2. Tanks coming down the road, shots ring out and camera falls to ground

STORYLINE:

A Reuters cameraman was shot dead on Sunday while working near a US run prison on the outskirts of Baghdad.

Witnesses reported that Mazen Dana, 41, was filming outside Abu Ghraib prison in western Baghdad when he was shot.

Witnesses told The Associated Press in Baghdad that Dana, a Palestinian, appeared to have been shot by US soldiers as he was filming outside the Abu Ghraib prison after a mortar attack there, in which six Iraqi prisoners were killed and about 60 others were wounded.

An AP staffer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the video tape in Dana’s camera showed two US tanks coming toward him, two shots, apparently from the tanks, rang out and Dana fell to the ground.

He was taken away by a US helicopter for treatment.

A US military statement issued in Baghdad confirmed “a fatal accident involving a civilian at Abu Ghraib prison” and said an investigation was underway.

Journalists had gone to the prison after the US military said a mortar bomb attack there a day before had killed six Iraqis and wounded 59.

Dana’s death brings to 17 the number of journalists killed in Iraq since the start of the war on March 20.

An outspoken critic of the Israeli government’s treatment of journalists, Dana was honoured by the Committee to Protect Journalists with an International Press Freedom Award in November 2001 for his work covering conflict in his hometown of Hebron in the West Bank.

He was shot at least three times in 2000, according to the citation on the group’s web site.

From British daily News Line:

Tuesday, 29 July 2008

COVER UP! – no action over the killing of journalist Terry Lloyd

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) yesterday condemned the British state’s refusal to prosecute US Marines over the ‘unlawful killing’ of ITN journalist Terry Lloyd in Iraq in March.

At the inquest in October 2006, the coroner said the troops shot Lloyd in the head while he was in a makeshift ambulance, having already been hurt in crossfire.

Lloyd’s interpreter Hussein Osman was also killed and his cameraman Fred Nerac is missing, believed dead, following the shooting.

The NUJ said in a statement that it was ‘appalled by a decision from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) today (28/7) not to proceed with a prosecution over the shooting’ of Lloyd.

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