US Army releases journalist after four-days of unexplained detention

first_img IraqMiddle East – North Africa News June 30, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 US Army releases journalist after four-days of unexplained detention Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Organisation Reporters Without Borders welcomed the release on 28 June of freelance journalist Ahmed al-Majun, president of the local branch of the Iraq journalists’ union in Tikrit, north of Baghdad. He had been arrested in the city along with his son on the night of 23-24 June and held at the US base in Speicher, 15 kilometres north of Tikrit. The Journalistic Freedom Observatory in Iraq said that al-Majun had been subjected to interrogations, the content of which he had been forbidden to reveal.The US Army made no comment on the reasons for his detention, nor that of Ahmed Nuri, cameraman for Associated Press, whose release has also been urged by the worldwide press freedom organisation. —————————————————————–25.06.2008US and Iraqi soldiers arrest another journalist in TikritReporters Without Borders condemns the arrest of journalist Ahmed Al-Majoun in a raid by US and Iraqi soldiers on his home in Tikrit (180 km north of Baghdad) early yesterday. His son was also arrested. Majoun heads a journalists union based in Salah El Din, the province of which Tikrit is the capital. No reason has been given for their arrests.“We are disturbed to see that, just a few weeks after the arrest of Associated Press cameraman Ahmed Nouri, the armed forces are still not respecting the work of journalists,” the press freedom organisation said. “The arrests of Majoun and his son are unjustified. We call on the US forces to say exactly what they are charged with or else release them.”A joint US-Iraqi military unit arrested Majoun and his son at around 2 a.m. yesterday after forcing their way into his home using stun grenades that damaged the front door and windows. The Journalistic Freedoms Observatory said the soldiers stayed in the house until dawn. It is believed that Majoun and his son are being held at the US military base in Tikrit. The US military has refused to comment on their arrest.Nouri, the AP cameraman, has been held at the same base since 4 June despite a joint appeal for his release by Reporters Without Borders and the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory. He was also arrested at his home by US and Iraqi soldiers. IraqMiddle East – North Africa February 15, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Follow the news on Iraq Help by sharing this information News News RSF_en News December 28, 2020 Find out more December 16, 2020 Find out more RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” to go further Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistanlast_img read more

Trump To Visit Michigan Ford Plant

first_img(Ypsilanti, MI) — President Trump will be visiting a Ford Motor plant in Michigan today, a state where thousands are reeling from historic flooding and the failure of two dams earlier this week. The President is scheduled to tour a plant in Ypsilanti that’s making ventilators for the COVID-19 crisis. The Ford Motor company and GE Healthcare announced in March that they would produce 50-thousand ventilators over the course of 100 days. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s office says Trump’s visit contradicts rules the governor put in place to fight the spread of COVID-19, but she will not try to stop it.The president has, however, been asked to wear a face mask, during his tour of the plant. ….Together, we built the greatest economy in history. We will do it again – better than ever before!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 21, 2020last_img read more