Sunday, August 28, 2005

Iraq is no Vietnam

from CNN International:

Report: More journalists killed in Iraq than Vietnam

Sunday, August 28, 2005 Posted: 2009 GMT (0409 HKT)

PARIS, France (Reuters) -- More journalists have been killed in Iraq since the war began in March 2003 than during the 20 years of conflict in Vietnam, media rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said on Sunday.

Since U.S. forces and its allies launched their campaign in Iraq on March 20, 2003, 66 journalists and their assistants have been killed, RSF said.

The latest casualty was a Reuters Television soundman who was shot dead in Baghdad on Sunday, while a cameraman with him was wounded and then detained by U.S. soldiers.

The death toll in Iraq compares with a total of 63 journalists in Vietnam, but which was over a period of 20 years from 1955 to 1975, the Paris-based organization that campaigns to protect journalists said on its Web site.


Ripley said...

Interesting take on the ancillary effects of this debacle. You'd think that after a while, the reporters would start screaming that the truth be told.

I wonder what the colleagues of these dead reporters think of the 'Freedom Tour' last month.

Rip -

multisect said...

A rate ten times higher per year than Vietnam, with fewer journalists at risk
does let the observant figure out how little tolerance the troops expect from the Iraqis, and what the Iraqi experience of occupation is like. Hell.