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Call for release of AP photographer Bilal Hussein, held by US army for 18 months

first_img RSF_en News News December 16, 2020 Find out more February 15, 2021 Find out more Iraqi news photographer Bilal Hussein has still not been brought before a judge, 18 months after his arrest. The US authorities claim that he represents “a security threat.” IraqMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information News IraqMiddle East – North Africa News October 12, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for release of AP photographer Bilal Hussein, held by US army for 18 months Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Follow the news on Iraq Organisation December 28, 2020 Find out more Nothing has changed in the situation of Associated Press photographer Bilal Hussein, an Iraqi national, since his arrest 18 months ago, Reporters Without Borders said today. He is still held at Camp Cropper, near Baghdad airport, and he is still waiting to be brought before a judge. The US authorities, who claim he represents “a security threat,” have never said when this might happen.“As a result of its incomprehensible behaviour and stubbornness in portraying Hussein as a terrorist,” the United States is violating his rights as a detainee and defying international humanitarian standards,” the press freedom organisation said. “Hussein’s involvement in criminal activity has never been proved, so what is he still doing in prison?”The Associated Press, the US news agency that employed Hussein for near two years before his arrest, has never stopped insisting on his innocence and on the fact that he never had “inappropriate contact with insurgents.”Paul Gardephe, Hussein’s lawyer, went to Iraq in March and was able to meet with his client for four days. He told Reporters Without Borders that a panel is due to take another look as his case soon and decide whether or not he should be brought before an Iraqi criminal court.Reporters Without Borders wrote to US defence secretary Robert Gates on 12 April requesting his release, but never got a reply.Aged 35, Hussein was arrested by US soldiers in Ramadi, 100 km west of Baghdad, on 12 April 2006. The US authorities attributed his arrest to his physical proximity with insurgents, who had given him permission to take photos of them. Former AP employees have created a support committee for Hussein’s release. A petition can be signed on their website, www.freebilal.org Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan to go furtherlast_img read more


Brother of murdered journalist escapes attempt on his own life

first_img News RSF_en News Reporters Without Borders today urged the Pakistani authorities to act effectively to protect Kamal Asfar, journalist on the magazine Ash-Sharq (The East), who yesterday escaped a murder attempt. His brother, journalist, Aamir Wakil, was killed in Rawalpindi on 24 January 2009.“I am lucky to be alive today”, Asfar told the worldwide press freedom organisation. Two bearded men had fired several shots at his car near Kundyali in the Kohat district on Sunday, he said.“I was returning to Rawalpindi when a white car overtook us and tried to make us pull up. Two armed men turned towards us and opened fire. They first time they fired I didn’t stop. Then they shot again shattering the windscreen. I lost control of the vehicle and we left the road. Luckily we got out safely”, Asfar said, adding that he had reported the attack to police in Ghumbat, Kohat district.Asfar said he thought the attack may have been motivated by articles he wrote recently about the Pakistani Taliban in Ash-Sharq. He had also reported on religious parties, Kashmir and the situation in Afghanistan, he said.Police have made no arrests in connection with the murder of his brother Wakil (see the release) but Asfar said he had given two names of suspects – both hired killers – to the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) which they had passed on to the interior ministry.“Faced with the determination of the killers, the local and federal authorities should take the necessary steps to protect Kamal Asfar”, Reporters Without Borders said. “If the killers can target two brothers, both of them journalists, it is because they feel they can act with an impunity which has unfortunately become the rule in Pakistan”.Read the previous press release Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts PakistanAsia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Pakistan Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalistscenter_img PakistanAsia – Pacific April 21, 2021 Find out more Organisation News Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire February 2, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Brother of murdered journalist escapes attempt on his own life News to go further January 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more


Indiana house fire kills six, including four children

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(LOGANSPORT, Ind.) — Four children and two adults have died after getting trapped in a house fire in Logansport, Indiana.The fire ignited just before 2 a.m. local time on Wednesday, according to Cass County Sheriff Randy Pryor.Two other adults managed to escape as the flames engulfed the home. They were transported to a local hospital, Pryor said.Firefighters have extinguished the blaze. The cause remains under investigation and the Indiana State Fire Marshal is leading the probe, according to Pryor.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more