José Couso

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Alerts   |   Iraq

Five years after deadly Palestine Hotel and Al-Jazeera strikes, unanswered questions linger

New York, April 7, 2008—Five years after a series of U.S. military strikes against media outlets in Baghdad killed three journalists, CPJ calls on the U.S. military to fully investigate the incidents and make its findings public. CPJ also calls on the U.S. military to implement procedures to address the presence of journalists on the battlefield.

On April 8, 2003, a U.S. tank fired a single shell on the Palestine Hotel, the main base for dozens of international journalists covering the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, killing Spanish cameraman José Couso of Telecinco and veteran Reuters cameraman Taras Protsyuk, and wounding three other reporters. A CPJ investigation into the attack, “Permission to Fire,” found that although the attack on the hotel was not deliberate, it could have been avoided and may have been caused by a breakdown in communication within the U.S. Army chain of command.

April 7, 2008 12:00 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Iraq

Army finds no fault in Palestine Hotel shelling


New York, November 5, 2004—
Nineteen months after a U.S. Army tank opened fire on a Baghdad hotel full of journalists, killing two and wounding three others, the Pentagon has released a redacted report concluding that coalition forces bore "no fault or negligence" in the shelling. In August 2003, the Pentagon had released summary findings about its investigation into the incident but until now had kept the report classified.
November 5, 2004 12:00 PM ET

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Attacks on the Press 2003: Iraq

The U.S.-led war in Iraq proved extremely dangerous for journalists. More than a dozen lost their lives reporting there in 2003, and many seasoned war correspondents have called the postwar environment the most risky assignment of their lives. With the demise of Saddam Hussein's repressive regime, Iraqi media have flourished, but news organizations faced potentially restrictive new media regulations, as well as harassment from U.S. and Iraqi authorities.

Alerts   |   Iraq

36 JOURNALISTS KILLED FOR THEIR WORK IN 2003More than a third killed during conflict in Iraq

New York, January 2, 2004—A total of 36 journalists were killed worldwide as a direct result of their work in 2003, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). This is a sharp increase from 2002, when 19 journalists were killed. The war in Iraq was the primary reason for the increase, as 13 journalists, more than a third of this year's casualties, were killed in hostile actions.

In fact, according to CPJ's statistics, the death toll in Iraq was the highest annual total from a single country since 24 journalists were killed in Algeria in 1995 at the height of civil strife between the government and Islamist militants.

Alerts   |   Iraq

CPJ REQUESTS INFORMATION FROM U.S. DEFENSE DEPARTMENT ABOUT JOURNALISTS KILLED IN IRAQ BY U.S. FORCES

New York, October 8, 2003—Exactly six months after the U.S. shelled the Palestine Hotel in Iraq's capital, Baghdad, and an air strike hit the Baghdad bureau of the Qatar-based satellite broadcaster Al-Jazeera, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) filed three new Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests related to the incidents with the U.S. Defense Department.

October 8, 2003 12:00 PM ET

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Reports   |   France, Kuwait, Qatar, Spain

Permission to Fire?

CPJ Investigates the Attack on the Palestine Hotel
May 27, 2003 12:00 AM ET

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Reports   |   France, Kuwait, Qatar, Spain

Permission to Fire?

CPJ Investigates the Attack on the Palestine Hotel
May 27, 2003 12:00 AM ET

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Letters   |   Iraq

CPJ condemns journalists' deaths in Iraq Group calls for an investigation

Dear Secretary Rumsfeld: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is gravely concerned by a series of U.S. military strikes against known media locations in Baghdad today that have left three journalists dead and several wounded. We believe these attacks violate...

April 8, 2003 12:00 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Iraq

CPJ condemns journalists' deaths in Iraq Group calls for an investigation

New York, April 8, 2003—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) sent a letter today to U.S. secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld expressing concern about U.S. military strikes against known media locations in Baghdad this morning that left three journalists dead and several wounded. CPJ called for an “immediate and thorough investigation into these incidents” and for the findings to be made public.
April 8, 2003 12:00 PM ET

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