Sunday, August 15, 2004

Iraq Evicts Reporters From Najaf

Iraq Evicts Reporters From Najaf: "BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Iraqi police ordered all journalists to leave the holy city of Najaf on Sunday, just as a new U.S. offensive against militants hiding out in a revered shrine began.

  Four police cars surrounded a hotel in the city where journalists were staying and presented the order signed by Najaf's police chief, Brig. Ghalib al-Jazaari.

  It did not spell out a punishment for those who did not comply, but police who delivered the order said any reporters remaining would be arrested, according to journalists at the hotel. The police said any cameras and cellular phones they saw would be confiscated. In response to the threat, many journalists left the city."

Hmmm... "establish freedom of the press" must be a bit down from "remove Saddam from power" on the Iraq to-do list?


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