Tony Blair, Father of 4, Killer of many more.
In memory of Journalists killed in Iraq.
All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to
discover them. Galileo Galilei (1564 - 1642)
Terry Lloyd, 22 March 2003, ITV News correspondent; disappeared in southern
Iraq and was declared dead a day later. Lloyd and his television crew went missing
after coming under fire, possibly from British forces, near Basra, while driving
towards the port city in two vehicles. An ITN statement said it believed U.S. or
British forces had opened fire after seeing Iraqi "irregulars" travelling down
the road in the same direction. A well liked journalist in England and the UK.
RIP. More here
Paul Moran, 22 March 2003, freelance Australian cameraman; killed when an apparent
human bomber detonated a car at a military checkpoint in north-eastern Iraq. Paul Moran,
39, who was working for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), was killed by a
suicide car bomb in northern Iraq on 22 March. RIP.
Gaby Rado, 30 March 2003, correspondent for Britain's Channel 4 TV; fell to his
death from the roof of his hotel in the town of Sulaymania in northern Iraq. His wife
had the following tribute published "We had such times together Gaby and I. We met,
married and travelled the world. Foolish explorers! We made three brilliant,
beautiful boys. Proud parents. We laughed, argued and dreamed together.
He wasn't perfect, none of us are. But he was a good soul - deep and
kind and strong. He was a fabulous father and a dear, dear, friend.
We are all stars together you and I but one of the best and the
brightest has been put out." Carol Rado , Wife 1980 - 2001 ,Friend
always. RIP. More here.
Kaveh Golestan, 2 April 2003, Iranian freelance cameraman on an assignment for the
BBC; killed after stepping on a landmine in northern Iraq. He was working for the BBC at the
time. Kaveh Golestan was an outstanding photojournalist who had worked in support of freedom
of expression in his native Iran and elsewhere and was well known to many western news
organisations. He was survived by a wife and a 19-year-old son. RIP
Michael Kelly, 3 April 2003, US journalist and Washington Post columnist; killed while
travelling with the US army's 3rd infantry division in Iraq. Kelly and an officer from the
3rd Infantry Division of the U.S. Army perished when their Humvee crashed while evading Iraqi
fire, according to a news report. RIP.
Kamaran Abd al-Razaq Muhammad
Kamaran Abd al-Razaq Muhammad, 6 April 2003, translator working for BBC; killed in
northern Iraq in a "friendly fire" incident.Apologies for so little info and no photo. RIP.
David Bloom, 6 April 2003, NBC journalist; died due to illness. Bloom's death
was not combat-related, NBC said. He died after he suffered a pulmonary embolism. Bloom
was "embedded" with the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division, and had reported on the unit's
advance toward Baghdad in recent days. RIP.
Julio Anguita Parrado
Julio Anguita Parrado, 7 April 2003, New York correspondent for El Mundo daily Spanish newspaper;
killed in a missile attack while accompanying the US army's 3rd infantry division south of Baghdad.
Julio, of Spanish newspaper El Mundo, was killed in an Iraqi missile attack on the US army base
where he was working as an embedded journalist. The attack, on April 7, also killed German
reporter Christian Liebig. Two US soldiers were also killed and 15 others wounded in the
Christian Liebig, 7 April 2003, reporter of German weekly magazine, Focus; killed
in a missile attack while accompanying the US army's 3rd infantry division south of Baghdad.
He was one of the few German journalists embedded with coalition troops. RIP.
Tariq Ayoub, 8 April 2003, Aljazeera TV channel correspondent; killed in a US air strike at
Aljazeera office in Baghdad. This tribute is from his colleagues. "The blood of Tariq was
fair game, as was the blood of other journalists working for Al-Jazeera and the Abu Dhabi
network; both were bombed at the same time-followed by an attack on journalists in the
Palestine Hotel, an attack that occurred probably because of its name. The message we
take from Tariq's killing makes CENTCOM spokesman Vincent Brooks' statement seem quite
ironic: "We bomb locations with precision, and we pay attention to locations where journalists
are present." In reality, Tariq's killing demonstrates that the U.S. military preferred that
Tariq and journalists like him ride on the back of an American tank, follow the troops around,
eat and drink with them, and write in line with U.S. military desires. His death is a message
directed to the remaining journalists and reporters who are still in the field, who are
giving alternate perspectives on what is propagated by Bush, Rumsfeld, and others from
the U.S. administration. Ayoub left a wife and a one-year-old daughter. In an interview
with the station on the day of his death, his wife Dima said: "Eventually everyone will
forget him, but we will never forget him. He is with God now." RIP.
Taras Protsyuk, 8 April 2003, Reuters cameraman; killed when a US tank opened fire on Palestine
hotel. Protsyuk is survived by his wife and an eight-year-old son.
Taras, a Reuter's journalist from Ukraine, died instantly when a US tank shelled the Baghdad
hotel where he was staying on April 8 2003. The attack came during heavy fighting between
advancing US forces and Iraqis in the area around the Palestine Hotel, which was the base
for dozens of media workers. Spanish cameraman Jose Couso was also killed in the attack.
Three others, all Reuters journalists, were wounded. RIP.
Jose Couso, 8 April 2003, cameraman for Spain's Telecinco TV; killed along with fellow
journalist Taras Ayoub, when a US tank opened fire on Palestine hotel. Couso, 37, worked for
the Spanish television channel Tele 5. He was wounded in the attack on the 15th floor of the
Palestine Hotel - the Reuters suite where many journalists were known by the US to be staying
- and later died from his injuries. RIP. More here
Mario Podesta, 15 April 2003, correspondent for Argentina's America TV; died in
a car crash while travelling from the Jordanian border to Baghdad. The Argentinean
journalist was travelling with a press convoy trying to get to Baghdad when a tyre
on his vehicle exploded 24 miles outside the capital. Podesta was the 13th journalist
to be killed while covering the Iraq war. His colleague, camerawoman Veronica Cabrera,
sustained serious injuries in the crash and died the next day. The pair were working on
a freelance assignment for Argentina's America TV. RIP
Veronica Cabrera, 15 April 2003, freelance camerawoman for Argentina's America TV;
died in a car crash while travelling from the Jordanian border to Baghdad. Veronica Cabrera
was the first female journalist to be killed while covering the war in Iraq. Another Argentinean
reporter said that the two were travelling with a convoy of journalists when gunshots were heard.
He said the driver lost control after trying to avoid what they feared may have been an attack
or attempted robbery. RIP.
Elizabeth Neuffer, 9 May 2003, foreign correspondent for the Boston Globe; killed in a car accident in Iraq. Elizabeth, an award-winning reporter for The Boston Globe, was killed in an automobile accident in Iraq while on assignment there covering the aftermath of the war. Walid Khalifa Hassan Al-Dulami, a translator, also died in the crash. RIP.
Walid Khalifa Hassan Al-Dulami
Walid Khalifa Hassan Al-Dulami, 9 May 2003, translator accompanying foreign correspondent
for the Boston Globe in Iraq; killed in a car accident. Apologies for so little info on Walid,
there are no photographs of him in search engines, please contact if you can find one. RIP.
Richard Wild, 5 July 2003, British freelance cameraman; gunned down in
central Baghdad. Richard Wild, 24, was shot by a lone gunman outside the Iraqi
National Museum in Baghdad; he was a former solider who had done some work for ITV.
Originally from near Melrose, Roxburghshire, was a Lieutenant in the King's Regiment
for a year, before attending Jesus College, Cambridge, to read history, and do an MPhil
in medieval history. He had also spent six months in the London office of ITN as a picture
researcher. ITN chief executive Stewart Purvis said the channel was shocked and saddened
to hear of the reported killing. "In the six months that Richard worked at ITN, he was
regarded as a dedicated and popular member of the newsroom team, particularly as he
tracked all the material coming into ITN during the Iraq war." RIP.
Jeremy Little, 6 July 2003, Austrian journalist with NBC News and embedded with the US 3rd
infantry division; Jeremy had been embedded with the US Third Infantry when the vehicle in
which he was riding came under an RPG attack in Fallujah. He suffered severe abdominal
wounds and was airlifted to Landstuhl Medical Center in Germany. There, he appeared to be
recovering when infection set in, taking his life. His father and mother, John and Anna,
and his brother, Timothy, were with him at the end. He was a freelance sound recordist. RIP.
Mazin Dana, 18 August 2003, a Palestinian cameraman with Reuters; shot dead
by US soldiers while filming outside Baghdad's Abu Gharaib prison. According to Mazin's
collegue Nael al-Shyoukhi, US troops approached the team on Sunday while they were filming
and opened without warning fire-hitting Mazen in the chest. Video footage captured by
Mazen minutes before his death records the incident and shows that there were no disturbances
in the area at that time. He bled to death on the scene.
RIP. More here
Mark Fineman, 23 September 2003, Los Angeles Times correspondent in Baghdad;
died as a result of an apparent heart attack while waiting for an interview in the
office of the Iraqi Governing Council (IGC). Fineman was waiting with a colleague
in the offices of the Iraqi Governing Council for an interview when he complained
of chest pains and collapsed, Times staffers in Baghdad said. He was taken to a hospital
but doctors could not revive him. RIP.
Ahmad Shawkat, 28 October 2003, editor of the Iraqi weekly Bilah Ittijah
(Without Direction); killed by unknown gunmen in the city of Mosul. Ahmad Shawkat
spent his entire adult life dreaming of living in an Iraq where he could be free
to write and speak his thoughts. Through physical and psychological torture, Saddam
was never able to make this dream go away. It is unspeakably cruel that when Ahmad
finally had the opportunity to help build that society, some other coward murdered
him. Ahmad was a regular visitor to Saddam's torture chambers. The only reason he
survived was that Saddam's regime loved money more than death. In the mid-1990s, he
was arrested for the fourth time, for writing a collection of stories lampooning
the great dictator. His family ransomed him from prison. As a last gesture, his
jailers forced him to burn all the copies of his book in Mosul's bazaar. Ahmad
fled to Erbil, in the Kurdish autonomous region 60 miles away, in 1997. More
here from the Guardian from which this excerpt is taken. Ahmad Shawkat
leaves his wife, eight children and six grandchildren. RIP.
Duraid Isa Muhammad
Duraid Isa Muhammad, 27 January 2004, producer and translator for CNN; killed in
an ambush carried out by unknown assailants outside Baghdad. Duraid Isa Muhammad, a
translator and producer, and Yasir Khatab, a driver, were shot dead as they were returning
to Baghdad in a two-car convoy, Atlanta-based CNN said in a Baghdad-datelined release. RIP.
Ali Abdul Aziz
Ali Abdul Aziz, 18 March 2004, cameraman for Dubai-based al-Arabiya TV channel; shot
dead by US troops in central Baghdad. Ali, a journalist for al-Arabiya television, died from
wounds after being shot by US soldiers late Thursday, a correspondent from the Dubai-based
satellite news channel said. "Ali al-Khatib died 30 minutes ago" in hospital, said Ahmad Salah,
an al-Arabiyah correspondent, at around 9:30 am (0630 GMT). "Khatib was shot in the head",
Salah said, his voice choked with tears. RIP.
Ali al-Khatib, 18 March 2004, al-Arabiya TV channel journalist in Iraq; shot dead
by US troops in central Baghdad. His colleague Ali Abdul Aziz, a cameraman with the same
station, was shot dead in the incident, which occurred near the Burj al-Hayat hotel in
central Baghdad, the target of a rocket attack Thursday night. "My brother had asked
US forces if they could film the Burj al-Hayat hotel and they told him it was fine.
Moments later, a Volvo did not stop at the checkpoint and the soldiers opened fire,"
said the cameraman's brother Haidar Abdel Aziz. "My brother and his colleague wanted
to leave, they ran to their car and an armoured vehicle opened fire on them." Both Abdul
Aziz and Khatib were Iraqi nationals. RIP.
Thanks to journalists.homestead.com for
some of the photos and Aljazeera. Other
info from the Guardian, BBC, Reuters and other sources. This page is simply a tribute to
the journalists who died trying to report on the truth. Some of these journalists were
perhaps targeted by US troops who seem to be covering up some of the deaths reported here.
Most journalists are the dregs of the Earth, jobsworths who simply churn out 'acceptable'
stories which the Government and Military approve of. Some of the journalists who are on the list
above were brave men who took a chance to let the truth be told. Sadly, they told their last
story, or took their last photograph or movie footage or sound recordings in a Country which
they themselves had no part in trying to destroy. To those journalists who made there last
journey to a Country torn by war and civil unrest in search of the truth, we salute you.
To all war correspondents out there, to all those who cover the horror of mankinds
cruelty to mankind, maybe one day the horror which you captured may persuade us that war is
a barbaric way to solve our differences. An independent journalist who covers war is a
peacemaker. The pursuit of truth can bring grim consequences to those who pursue it.
Thanks to those who have been killed in their duty of reporting on the truth and to
those imprisoned and tortured.
Note: There is a big difference between an 'embedded reporter' and an independent
reporter who does not travel with the military and is more likely to have an independent
view of the situation.
For one of the UK's finest war Reporters - look at the work by Robert
Frisk who writes for amongst others, the Independent.
Articles by Robert Fisk here
Reporters without Frontiers - here
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