March 18, 2003
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tv's site where you'll find his daily articles, the most recent of which was written yesterday, and - according to tv - was rendered out-of-date 6 hours later, When Bush Spoke. Elsewhere, he posted the following article, stressing that he hadn't doctored a single word:

PENTAGON THREATENS TO KILL INDEPENDENT REPORTERS IN IRAQ

The Pentagon has threatened to fire on the satellite uplink positions of independent journalists in Iraq, according to veteran BBC war correspondent, Kate Adie. In an interview with Irish radio, Ms. Adie said that questioned about the consequences of such potentially fatal actions, a senior Pentagon officer had said: "Who cares.. ..They've been warned."

According to Ms. Adie, who twelve years ago covered the last Gulf War, the Pentagon attitude is: "entirely hostile to the the free spread of information."

"I am enormously pessimistic of the chance of decent on-the-spot reporting, as the war occurs," she told Irish national broadcaster, Tom McGurk on the RTE1 Radio "Sunday Show."

Ms. Adie made the startling revelations during a discussion of media freedom issues in the likely upcoming war in Iraq. She also warned that the Pentagon is vetting journalists according to their stance on the war, and intends to take control of US journalists' satellite equipment --in order to control access to the airwaves.

Another guest on the show, war author Phillip Knightley, reported that the Pentagon has also threatened they: "may find it necessary to bomb areas in which war correspondents are attempting to report from the Iraqi side."

Things are getting awful dark out there.

Posted by at March 18, 2003 03:24 PM
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holy crap. I went looking for this, setting out to disprove it... it's for real. transcript and audio here.

now granted, it doesn't surprise me that the pentagon would say "we'll shoot down any electronic signals, even if they're journalists"... that seems like the usual wartime action (shoot first, ask questions later). appalling, yes. surprising, no.

but if you listen to the full segment, there's an interesting discussion of the erosion of free information in wartime -- both comparing the last gulf war and this one, and the difference for American and European journalists.

this information has been around for over a week? where the hell have i been?
thanks for this.

Posted by: marijke on March 18, 2003 05:01 PM .

Most people can't understand how others can blow their noses differently
than they do.
-- Turgenev

Posted by: Party Poker on November 4, 2004 09:28 PM .
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