Since the Iraqi invasion, the
This was not an isolated incident.
American soldiers shot and wounded Italian journalist
Giuliana Sgrena as she
was headed for
In June 2005, American troops opened fire on and killed an Iraqi television journalist. Ahmed Wael Bakri. He was buried dreaming of a democracy that would afford him free speech, a free press - the First Amendment he had hoped would be integrated in the Iraqi constitution by the Americans. He sealed an empty promise with his death.
On October 30, 2003, al-Jazeera
accused US-led forces in
The silence of Reporters without Borders (Reporters sans Frontiers) in all instances is deafening...
The American army is at war to promote democracy - a democracy fashioned after its own, the great American Constitution is the driving force.. Does the First Amendment ring a bell with anyone? Freedom of Speech, Press, Assembly and all that good stuff....
Course, press has taken on a new meaning these days.
According to a New
York Times report (March 13, 2005), the State Department under Bush is responsible for creating 'happy'
news to buy support for his invasion of
The blood, sweat and tears that were shed for there to be a First Amendment!
In a different
country the killing of a Canadian-Iranian journalist, Zahra Kazemi, by culprits
in the Islamic Republic of Iran caused an uproar. Rightly so. It was reprehensible, immoral. For over 25 years
The shooting of journalists by us, as we trumpet that we are the 'beacon of democracy', without cause and without restitution, offering only contempt and arrogance to the victims' families in response for their bewilderment, is an assault on out First Amendment. Our First Amendment is being executed alongside these reporters, silently, but surely - sadly, we are oblivious to the blood that it sealing this tragedy in our history.
... Payvand News - 10/24/05 ... --