Obama urged to halt military detention of journalists

The Committee to Protect Journalists called on the Barack Obama administration Feb. 10 to end the indefinite detention of journalists by the US military overseas. The organization cited 14 cases in which US forces had detained journalists for long periods—with one reporter, in Iraq, still incarcerated. Paul Steiger, chairman of the committee and a former Wall Street Journal editor, also called on the government to investigate the killings of 16 reporters by US forces in Iraq since the 2003 invasion. (NYT, Feb. 11)

As we noted, the notorious shoe-thrower Muntadhar al-Zeidi was among the Iraqi journalists detained by US forces.

See our last post on the detainment scandal.