Tuesday, May 12, 2009

US also imprisons journalists for dubious reasons

Yesterday I noted that journalist Roxana Saberi had been released by the Iranian government after being imprisoned for several months on trumped-up espionage charges. Over at CommonDreams.org I found a piece by Glenn Greenwald (originally published on salon.com) that documents several cases of the US government imprisoning foreign journalists for basically no reason.

For instance:
Right now -- as the American press corps celebrates itself for demanding Saberi's release in Iran -- the U.S. continues to imprison Ibrahim Jassam, a freelance photographer for Reuters, even though an Iraqi court last December -- more than five months ago -- found that there was no evidence to justify his detention and ordered him released. The U.S. -- over the objections of the CPJ, Reporters Without Borders and Reuters -- refused to recognize the validity of that Iraqi court order and announced it would continue to keep him imprisoned.

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