After a year of imprisonment for doing his job a CBS cameraman is freed (almost).
An Iraqi court on Wednesday threw out terrorism charges against a cameraman for U.S. network CBS who has been held in jail for a year, saying there was no evidence against him.
[Cameraman Abdul Ameer Younis] Hussein, a 26-year-old Iraqi, was shot by U.S. troops and arrested exactly a year ago, on April 5, as he filmed clashes in the northern city of Mosul.
He was accused of inciting a crowd and of recruiting Iraqis for the anti-U.S. insurgency, but the exact charges were never made public.
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Although the court threw out the charges, Hussein was again taken back to Abu Ghraib prison and is not expected to be freed for several days, pending paperwork.
“One of the basic rules of warfare is that reporters are not supposed to be targeted,” Horton said. “People here don’t seem to understand that.
“This case is a complete travesty. This man was shot by a soldier who had no grounds whatsoever to shoot him.”
The U.S. military was not immediately available for comment.
The Committee to Protect Journalists has accused the United States of stonewalling investigations into allegations against journalists, often detained for months without charge.
The committee ranks the United States as the sixth worst jailer of journalists, along with Burma.
“For the lack of evidence … the court orders that all charges be dropped and the accused be released,” Judge Kamil al-Shweli said.
In January, U.S. forces freed three Reuters journalists who has also been held for months without charge.