Photographer Ibrahim Jassam freed after US Army held him for 17 months without explanation

first_img Receive email alerts February 10, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Photographer Ibrahim Jassam freed after US Army held him for 17 months without explanation News RSF_en Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Organisation RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” News News IraqMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information IraqMiddle East – North Africa December 16, 2020 Find out morecenter_img Jassam was arrested by the US military in Mahmudiyah, 30 kilometres south of Baghdad, and was held at Camp Cropper, near Baghdad airport. Iraq’s central criminal court on 30 November 2008 said he had no case to answer and must be released, but the US army refused to free him.Neal Fisher, spokesman for the US prison authorities said the journalist represented a “security threat”, but they never said publicly what they had against him. Reporters Without Borders welcomed the release today of Iraqi photographer, Ibrahim Jassam, of Reuters, who had been held by the US military since his arrest on 1st September 2008. February 15, 2021 Find out more “This release is excellent news”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “However it comes after long months in custody during which the US army never deigned to give any reason for the photographer’s arrest and this despite the fact that an Iraqi court had ordered his release”. Follow the news on Iraq Jassam was then moved to Bucca prison in Basra, 550 kilometres south of Baghdad, only to be sent back to Camp Cropper after the Basra jail was closed. Reuters editor-in-chief, David Schlesinger, welcomed news of his release after his “long incarceration without charge”, but added “”I wish the process to release a man who had no specific accusations against him had been swifter.”Reporters Without Borders made several appeals for his release to commander of US armed forces in Iraq, General Raymond T. Odierno, but the organisation never received any official reply ( News December 28, 2020 Find out more to go further Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan “I am happy to be reunited with all my family and to finally be free”, an emotional Ibrahim Jassam told Reporters Without Borders.last_img

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