UPDATE FROM ELECTRONIC IRAQ 22 October 2005
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International Law SADDAM HUSSEIN ON TRIAL Anthony Dworkin, Electronic Iraq (22 October 2005)
Saddam Hussein went on trial on Wednesday October 19 before the special tribunal set up in Iraq to enforce justice for the worst crimes of his regime. In an initial session that lasted around three hours, Saddam challenged the legitimacy of the court and pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, torture and unlawful imprisonment. Following a request from defense lawyers for Saddam and his co-defendants to study the charges against their clients, the trial was adjourned until November 28.
The Media ROBERT FISK AND THE RETURN OF CHAUCER’S GUIDE Stephen Smith, Electronic Iraq (18 October 2005)
The US may lack an exit strategy in Iraq, but the media needs an ‘existence strategy’ in the face of threats to the authority of journalism. Bush officials have retooled for deception many of the techniques that journalists themselves have used to guide America through the shock and grief of past events. These methods are ‘retelling strategies’ in which the part stands in for the whole. Thus a milestone or ‘tipping point’ can be portrayed as overall success. We also see the personification of the war either for ‘good’ (Bush in flying jacket), or ‘evil’ (Saddam, Zarqawi). We can also point to omission, as in the long absence of images of flag-draped coffins returning home.
The Media EXECUTIVE SECRETARY OF IRAQI JOURNALIST SYNDICATE KILLED Report, IFJ (20 October 2005)
The International Federation of Journalists today condemned the brutal murder of Mohammad Harun Hassan, an editor and the Executive Secretary of the Iraqi Journalists Syndicate, who was gunned down by unknown attackers in Baghdad city centre. This brings to 100 the number of journalists and media staff killed in Iraq since the US invasion in March 2003.
The Media GUARDIAN CORRESPONDENT ABDUCTED IN BAGHDAD Report, CPJ (19 October 2005)
The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by today’s abduction in Baghdad of a veteran reporter for London’s Guardian newspaper. The Guardian said it believes a group of armed men seized Rory Carroll, the paper’s Baghdad correspondent, as he left a house in the Sadr City, a stronghold of radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. Carroll had been watching the televised trial of Saddam Hussein with a Baghdad family to learn what Iraqi citizens think about the proceedings, the Guardian said.
The Media SPAIN ISSUES ARREST WARRANTS FOR US SOLDIERS OVER KILLING OF JOURNALIST JOSE COUSO Report, IFJ (20 October 2005)
The tragic events of April 8th 2003 when three journalists were killed by American military in Baghdad will haunt the United States until it carries out independent inquiries into the deaths, says the International Federation of Journalists today following the news that Spain has issued warrants for the arrest of three soldiers. The events in Baghdad on April 8th when a US tank fired on the Palestine Hotel, a media centre in the heart of Baghdad, killing Spanish cameraman Jose Couso and Reuters journalist Taras Protsyuk and an earlier attack on the offices of Al-Jazeera television which killed reporter Tareq Ayyoub were highlighted yesterday when Spanish judge Santiago Pedraz called for the extradition of three soldiers to face charges of murder and a “crime against the international community.”
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