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Reuters photographer detained by US forces in Iraq for over 80 days without charge

Reuters photographer detained by US forces without charge
An undated picture released on September 3, 2008 shows Iraqi photographer Ibrahim Jassam. Jassam, who works for Reuters news agency, was arrested by US and Iraqi forces south of the Iraqi capital. Jassam was arrested at his home on September 1 and taken to an unknown location, and that security forces also seized "four cameras along with his phone and laptop computer." RSF says more than 20 journalists have been arrested in Iraq in similar circumstances since the start of the year.Photo: Reuters

Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) and the Journalistic Freedom Observatory (JFO) have renewed their call for the release of photographer Ibrahim Jassam of Reuters news agency, who has been detained by the US Army since September 1, 2008.

A contingent of US and Iraqi forces took Jassam from his home in Mahmudiyah in the south of the capital, seizing four cameras, his phone and his laptop computer. He is being held at Camp Cropper close to Baghdad airport.

Since the start of the US armed intervention in Iraq in March 2003, RSF has recorded arrests of 12 people working for Reuters, all of whom have subsequently been released and their cases closed without further action.

“As the end nears of the UN Security Council mandate allowing multinational coalition forces to detain individuals without trial 'for imperative security reasons', it is regrettable that the US Army should be yet again implicated in the arrest of a journalist,” RSF/JFO said on Thursday.

“After December 31, 2008, Jassam can no longer be held in custody without being brought before a judge. He has already spent 80 days in detention. Is the army going to continue hounding this journalist until the very last moment?” the two organisations asked.

The photographer’s sister, Imane Jassam, told JFO that her brother was in good health, but “his morale has been hit very hard”. His family have been able to visit him twice.

Date posted: November 20, 2008 Last modified: May 23, 2018 Total views: 398