US holds journalist without charges in Iraq

Journalist Ibrahim Jassam, being held without charge

Journalist Ibrahim Jassam, being held without charge

hat tip to News for Greens. Orginal Story at Los Angeles Times

U.S. holds journalist without charges in Iraq / May 24, 2009

Ibrahim Jassam, a cameraman and photographer for the Reuters news agency, is being held by the U.S. without charges.

Reuters cameraman Ibrahim Jassam has been held since September. The U.S. military rejected a court order to release him, saying he is a ‘high security threat.’ No evidence has been presented…

Jassam, 31, has been in U.S. custody ever since [ September 2nd, when the American and Iraqi troops him from his home.] His case is the latest of a dozen detentions the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists has documented since 2001.

No formal accusations have been made against Jassam, and an Iraqi court ordered in November that he be released for lack of evidence. But the U.S. military continues to hold him, saying it has intelligence that he is “a high security threat,” said Maj. Neal Fisher, spokesman for detainee affairs.

The Obama administration harshly criticized Iran for its imprisonment of Roxana Saberi, the U.S.-Iranian journalist who was convicted of espionage and sentenced to eight years in prison before being freed two weeks ago…

Washington also has called upon North Korea to expedite the trial of two U.S. journalists being held on spying charges.

Yet the U.S. has routinely used the arbitrary powers it assumed after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorism attacks to hold journalists without charge in Iraq, as well as Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Committee to Protect Journalists said…

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