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War, Peace, and the Mass Media
Wednesday, August 27, 2003  
Press Groups Blast Pentagon Report:
Soldiers Accused of Hampering Press in Iraq

AUGUST 26, 2003
By Mark Fitzgerald
Editor & Publisher Online

CHICAGO -- Like the belief that the Iraq war was finished when statues of Saddam fell in Baghdad, the notion that embedding American journalists with U.S. forces would transform relations between the military and the media is foundering in the tense and often violent reality of the occupation.

Two recent incidents symbolize the mutual suspicion that increasingly is replacing empathy: the Aug. 17 death of Mazen Dana of Reuters, who was fatally shot by U.S. soldiers who apparently mistook his canvas-wrapped video camera for a grenade launcher; and the announcement by U.S. Central Command (Centcom) that its investigation had concluded that the April 8 tank attack on the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad was "a proportionate and justifiably measured response" by U.S. forces. More than 100 journalists were staying at the hotel at the time of the shelling, which killed two journalists and wounded three others. For the rest of this article, see Editor & Publisher Online

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