Hodjanernes Blog

3 december 2008

Et forbillede for journalistisk etik hyldet i New York

It was during Iraq’s most savage violence that a former shopkeeper named Bilal Hussein  proved an invaluable asset to the Associated Press as one of its hastily trained photographers.

His chummy ties to terrorists –“insurgents” as the AP’s stories called them — enabled him to produce remarkable close-up photos of them and their grisly handiwork. In 2005, one of Hussein’s photos  of the Battle of Fallujah helped the AP snag a Pulitzer Prize  for a package of Iraq photos  in breaking-news photography. Like other Iraqi AP photographers , Hussein had the uncanny ability to show up just as an attack occurred.

As Iraq was gripped by unspeakable atrocities and violence that many likened to a civil war, U.S. military authorities detained Hussein, citing his troubling links to terrorists and terror-related activities. They called him a “terrorist media operative, much to the outrage of AP executives and lawyers.

What ever became of Hussein?

Hans fotos er sikker blevet brugt flittigt af danske medier også?

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