Media Victims of the War in Iraq

17 August: Killed: Mazen Dana, a 43-year old Palestinian cameraman for Reuters, was shot dead on 17 August by US troops on a tank at Abu Ghraib prison, west of Baghdad. The US military said soldiers had mistaken Mazen Dana's camera for a rocket propelled grenade launcher.

6 July: Injured and Killed: Jeremy Little, a 27-year old Australian television soundman for NBC, died on 6 July of injuries sustained one week ago in a rocket-propelled grenade, which was fired at the car in which he was travelling. Little, another young freelancer, was embedded with the U.S. Third Infantry Division in the town of Falluja.

5 July: Killed: a sniper shot and killed 24-year old British freelance journalist, Richard Wild, outside Iraq's Natural History Museum. Wild was standing in a crowd in the midday sun when he was killed by a single, small caliber bullet fired into his head at close range.

12 May: Killed: American journalist Elizabeth Neuffer, 46, a senior reporter with the Boston Globe, was killed in a road accident on 8 May as she was returning to Baghdad from Tikrit where she had interviewed former Baath Party officials. Her interpreter, Walid Khalifa Hassan al-Dulami, was also killed.

22 April: British forces in Basra have banned an al-Jazeera journalist from reporting in the city. Al-Jazeera said British troops had detainedMohammad Alsayed Muhsen for three hours and confiscated his equipment. The network added that Muhsen was banned from reporting in Basra "until further notice". But British army officials at US central command in Qatar denied Muhsen had been detained or that his equipment had been confiscated. The Doha-based channel issued a statement yesterday condemning the "ban" and said it was the third time British forces had imposed a ban on its reporters.

15 April: U.S. journalist, Paul Watson, stabbed during riot in Mosul.
15 April: Killed: Veronica Cabrera, a freelance camerawoman, died on Tuesday of injuries after a car accident on Monday.

14 April: Killed: Argentine freelance journalist Mario Podesta died in a car crash near Baghdad. Podesta was travelling in a convoy of press vehicles some 80 kilometres (50 miles) from Baghdad when the accident happened. A second Argentine journalist, Veronica Cabrera, was injured in the crash. A Portuguese journalist travelling in the same vehicle told his country's Lusa news agency that he had heard gunfire just before the crash, but could not be sure that was what caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle. Podesta (51) had worked as a war correspondent in some 35 conflicts and was a father of three.

13 April: A CNN crew came under a hail of machine gun fire after venturing into Saddam Hussein's home city of Tikrit. Brent Sadler, a correspondent for CNN and a former ITN reporter, was broadcasting live as his seven vehicle convoy was fired upon. At least one vehicle was hit and a bodyguard returned fire. One person was wounded in the head by flying glass after a rear window shattered.

12 April: Gunmen ambushed and kidnapped three Malaysian journalists in Baghdad, killing their Iraqi interpreter, officials said Sunday. Two Malaysian doctors were wounded in the attack. The Malaysians were attacked while traveling in two vans early Saturday from the Sheraton Hotel in the Iraqi capital to a hospital. The three kidnapped journalists were identified as Terence Fernandez, a reporter for The Sun newspaper; Anuar Hashim, a New Straits Times photographer; and Omar Salleh, a cameraman with the state-run Radio Television Malaysia. The journalists were part of a 28-member group funded by the government that left for Iraq last week to cover the U.S.-led war. The journalists were released the same day.
12 April: Two Turkish journalists were hurt after assailants opened fire on their car in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Their wounds were not life-threatening. The injured were among six Turkish journalists traveling in two separate cars to a Mosul hospital to interview patients. Kemal Batur, a journalist with Sky Turk television, was shot in the hand, while Mesut Gengec, a cameraman for Show TV, was hit in the head by shrapnel. They were being treated in a hospital in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the government was trying to evacuate the journalists to Turkey for treatment.

11 April: CNN correspondent Kevin Sites and his crew were held captive at gunpoint for several hours by Fedayeen Saddam guerrillas in Northern Iraq. Mr. Sites and his crew were accused of being American spies and threatened with death. Mr. Sites' hands were bound behind his back and an AK-47 round fired at his feet. They were released after negotiations between the crew's translator and village elders.
11 April: Japanese journalist freed after detention by Iraqi police. A Japanese freelance journalist, missing since April 2, arrived at a Baghdad hotel and said Iraqi authorities had apprehended and detained him for alleged espionage. Moriaki Endo, 55, a video producer covering the U.S.-led war in Iraq, said he was released Friday afternoon at a police station about 120 kilometers from Baghdad.
11 April: A Star Tribune reporter and photographer escaped an attempt by two Iraqi fighters to kill them near the northern oil city of Kirkuk. Reporter Paul McEnroe said he and photographer Richard Sennott managed to flee a grenade-toting fighter. The two had gone to the oil refinery a few miles from Kirkuk after the city fell to Kurdish fighters Thursday. The Kurds are fighting on the side of the U.S.-British coalition.

9 April: Seven journalists were beaten, robbed and narrowly escaped lynching at the hands of Iraqi militia in central Baghdad, a Portuguese journalist reported on Wednesday. He said that the group of one Bulgarian and six Portuguese journalists were attacked while travelling by car three kilometres from the Palestine hotel where most foreign journalists are staying. They were forced to stop by armed Iraqi militiamen who robbed them of much of their equipment and money. The journalists fled under fire.
9 April: Freed: 27 journalists working in the Baghdad bureau of Abu Dhabi TV who were caught in the crossfire. The journalists and technicians of Abu Dhabi TV and al-Jazeera spent the night in the Abu Dhabi TV building, and were still trapped on Wednesday.

8 April: Killed: Taras Protsyuk, a Ukrainian cameraman working for Reuters, and Spanish Telecinco cameraman Jose Couso died after a US tank fired on the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad, which is used as a base by the foreign media. At least three other journalists were wounded.

8 April: Killed: The Arab network Al-Jazeera says one of its journalists has been killed in Baghdad. Tareq Ayoub was seriously wounded when the network's office on the bank of the Tigris River was struck by a U-S bomb. He later died. Al-Jazeera says another member of its Baghdad crew is missing. It says the Abu Dhabi T-V office in Baghdad was also bombed.

8 April: Two Polish reporters have escaped. Marcin Firlej, 27, a reporter for the private TVN24 news channel, and 31-year-old Jacek Kaczmarek, with Polish state radio, were detained on Monday by armed Iraqis after being stopped in a checkpoint some 80 miles south of Baghdad. On Tuesday, Firlej called his wife and said that they managed to escape during an attack on the town where they had been taken.

7 April: Killed: Spanish journalist Julio Anguita Parrado of the newspaper El Mundo and German journalist, Christian Liebig with the magazine Focus, were killed when an Iraqi missile hit south of Baghdad. Both journalists were embedded with U.S. 3rd infantry forces.

6 April: Killed:Kamaran Abdurazaq Muhamed, a Kurdish translator working for BBC in Northern Iraq. The translator died after being seriously wounded, apparently by an American bomb. The BBC's world affairs editor, John Simpson, and other members of the crew, were injured.

6 April: David Bloom, an American journalist, has died in Iraq, apparently of natural causes, while covering the war for NBC as an embedded journalist near Baghdad. The cause of death is reported as pulmonary embolism.

The pan-Arab TV station Al-Jazeera said yesterday the Iraqi information ministry had reversed its decision to ban two of the station's journalists from working in the country. It gave no further details.

4 April: Killed: Michael Kelly, the Atlantic Monthly editor-at-large and Washington Post columnist, has been killed in a Humvee accident while traveling with the Army's 3rd Infantry Division. Kelly's death is the first among the 600 correspondents participating in the Pentagon's embedding program.

2 April: Al-Jazeera is paring down its operation inside Iraq after two of its reporters were told to stop working by the Iraqi regime. The Arab satellite channel interrupted a regular news report to announce the order from Iraq's Information Ministry. Iraqi-born journalist Diar al-Omari has been told to leave Baghdad while his colleague Tayseer Allouni has been barred from working. Al-Jazeera said the ministry did not give a reason and described the move as "sudden and unjustified." There are about a half dozen journalists covering the war in Iraq for Al-Jazeera.

2 April: Killed: Award-winning BBC cameraman Kaveh Golestan has died while covering the war in Iraq after stepping on a mine when he got out of his car. Golestan, an Iranian national, worked for the BBC in a freelance capacity for the past three years. He was travelling with the BBC producer Stuart Hughes, who has been taken by ambulance to the American military hospital in Sulaymaniya for treatment to a foot injury. BBC correspondent Jim Muir and the team's local translator, who were also travelling in the car, were unhurt.

1 April: Iraqi authorities have detained two Australian journalists outside the southern city of Basra and placed them under house arrest in Baghdad. Peter Wilson, a correspondent for The Australian newspaper, and photographer John Feder were missing near Basra for about 30 hours before they contacted their paper to say they had been detained at the Meridien Palestine hotel in Baghdad.
1 April: Four Journalists Released from Iraqi Prison

Missing Newsday journalists Moises Saman, photographer, and Matthew McAllester, correspondent, and freelance photographers Molly Bingham and Johan Spanner contacted their families and colleagues on Tuesday evening, when they crossed the border between Iraq and Jordan. They had been held and questioned in a prison in Baghdad, after being taken from their hotel on the morning of Tuesday 25 March. The journalists said that conditions in prison were harsh but that they had not been physically mistreated, and that they are in good health.

Fred Nerac and Hussein Osman of ITN are still missing since 22 March.

1 April: Expelled: Iraqi authorities have expelled an Australian journalist covering the war from Baghdad, Sydney's Daily Telegraph reported. Ian McPhedran, a reporter for the News Limited group of newspapers which includes the Daily Telegraph, was ordered to leave the Iraqi capital yesterday, the organisation said.

31 March: Al-Arabiya TV crew found safe in Kuwait

The Dubai-based Al-Arabiya Television said on Sunday its three-man team, Syrian reporter Wael Awwad, Lebanese cameraman Talal Masri and Lebanese technician Ali Safa, who went missing in Iraq on March 22 was safe and had resurfaced in Kuwait days later.

30 March: Killed: Gaby Rado, reporter, Channel 4

Channel 4 foreign affairs correspondent Gaby Rado was found dead on Sunday in the car park in front of his hotel in Sulaymaniyah in northern Iraq. It is believed that he fell from the roof of the hotel, and that there is no connection with military action.

29 March: Seven Italian journalists, who were detained by Iraqi authorities on March 28, are now safe in Baghdad, according to Paolo Lepri, the deputy chief of the foreign desk at Corriere Della Sera. Iraqi authorities detained the journalists — Franco Battistini of Corriere della Sera, Ezio Pasero of Il Messaggero, Luciano Gulli of Il Giornale, Leonardo Maisano of Sole 24 Ore, Toni Fontana of Unita, Lorenzo Bianchi of Il Resto del Carlino, and Vittorio dell’Uva of Il Mattino—at a checkpoint inside Basra. The journalists are currently staying in the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad, while Iraqi authorities determine whether they will be granted visas to stay in the country, said Italian media sources.

29 March: Qatar’s Al-Jazeera satellite channel reported that one of its cameramen, who was reported missing on March 28 after his crew came under fire from British troops near Basra, is now safe. They had been filming the shelling of food warehouses by British forces west of Basra when their unmarked vehicle was hit by British artillery. A producer and two drivers had returned safely to Basra, but the cameraman, Akil Abdul-Amir, briefly took refuge in a nearby area for fear of being captured by Iraqi or British troops.

28 March - Greece offers its journalists a ticket home

Greek information minister Christos Protopapas offered to pay for all 16 Greek journalists in Baghdad to return home "We're afraid they may get killed," he said at his daily press conference. "They're doing an important job and I congratulate them, but their lives are more important." He had twice urged them to leave the city "for their own safety" before the war started, but without offering free tickets.

28 March: Journalists detained by US troops

Portuguese journalist Louis Castro and Israeli journalists Dan Scemama and Boaz Bismuth were detained by American troops, who allegedly accused them of espionage and beat them up.

27 March: Missing: Dubai-based Al-Arabiya news channel has had no contact with its team in Southern Iraq - Syrian journalist Wael Awwad, Lebanese cameraman Talal al-Masri and Lebanese engineer Ali Safa - since last Saturday.

27 March: Journalists warned they are targets: The Australian Government has warned journalists in northern Iraq to leave the area. A new travel advice issued for Iraq says there is information pro-Saddam groups may be preparing to target westerners in the north, including media representatives.

25 March: Iranian journalist, Ali Montazeri, covering the U.S.-led war in Iraq for the Lebanese LBC satellite channel and Al-Hayat newspaper has gone missing in the strategic Faw peninsula and may have been arrested.

24 March: A Newsweek journalist and photographer narrowly escape from death in central Iraq. Scott Johnson and a photographer, operating independently of the military, were ambushed by several Iraqi soldiers in the early hours of Saturday. He and his colleague had been hiding out in the desert frontier outside Nasiriya but the bold plan to race ahead of a US convoy travelling north into Baghdad placed them directly in the line of fire. The journalist admitted he had been warned by the army not to proceed on the road to Nasiriya, a city west of Basra in southern Iraq.

24 March: Expelled: Robert Valdec, freelance reporter for the Croatian Commercial Network, the Serbian Independent Network, the Bosnian Independent Network, and a variety of other Balkan news outlets, after he conducted a live interview with CNN, which was banished from Iraq last week.

22 March: Killed: Paul Moran, cameraman ABC Australia

Freelance cameraman Paul Moran, 39, died instantly in a suicide bomb attack at a checkpoint in Sayed Sadiq in Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq near the Iranian border, he was the last of a string of journalists traveling through the checkpoint which had been taken by Kurdish opposition fighters from terrorists 24 hours earlier. Injured: Eric Campbell, correspondent ABC Australia, in the same incident.

22 March: Killed: Terry Lloyd, correspondent ITN

ITV News correspondent Terry Lloyd was killed in an incident on the Southern Iraq war front. The ITN team came under fire, apparently from Coalition forces, outside Basra. Iraqi ambulances took a number of dead and injured from the area into Basra and it is believed that Terry Lloyd's body was among the dead.

The fourth member of the team, cameraman Daniel Demoustier, was injured in the incident but was able to get back to US and British lines. Two other members of the team, cameraman Fred Nerac and translator Hussein Osman are still missing.

Global Impact of the War

4 April: Journalists Attacked by Police in Cairo

As anti-war rallies continue in the Egyptian capital, the arrests and assaults on journalists by the police continue. Among those targeted was Philip Ide, working for the British Mail on Sunday, who was seized by a dozen police officers, held to the ground, and had his camera confiscated.

26 March: Al-Jazeera Websites Offline

The tv channel Al-Jazeera's website in Arabic ( and the new English site ( were both inaccessible during most part of Wednesday. Explanations range from server crashes due to unusually high pressure from web traffic, to hacker activities, and rumours about an attack by the US Government.

New York, U.S. 24 March: Credentials withdrawn: Ammar al-Sankari and Ramzi Shiber

The New York Stock Exchange has withdrawn the credentials of Al-Jazeera reporters Ammar al-Sankari and Ramzi Shiber. The Qatar-based Arabic TV channel say the reason is the station's coverage of the war in Iraq, and that their business journalists are the only ones affected. The Stock Exchange denies this allegation, and cites security reasons.

Cairo, Egypt, 20, 21 and 22 March: Several journalists assaulted or arrested by police in connection with anti-war demonstrations.

20 March. Several journalists covering a demonstration were targeted when police charged at the demonstrators. A journalist working for state television had to flee to the seventh floor of a building to escape. His cameraman was injured.

21 March. A cameraman from the Qatar-based satellite station Al Jazeera was struck by police during a meeting with the lawyer's society.

22 March. Hossam El Hamalawy, a stringer with the "Los Angeles Times", was arrested by plainclothes police officers while leaving a restaurant, apparently in a round-up after demonstrations and riots. He was released after signing a statement saying he would not participate in "any riot causing the destruction of public or private property."

Madrid, Spain, 21 March: Journalists hit by police

Journalists report being assaulted by police while covering anti-war demonstrations in the Spanish capital.

Reuters news agency have barred CNN from using its TV footage from Baghdad, on orders from the Iraqi government. CNN have been expelled from Iraq, accused of being a "propaganda tool" for the US army.

The music channel MTV Europe has sent out a list of videos to be avoided during the war. The list includes System of a Down's anti-war song "Boom!", directed by Oscar-winner Michael Moore.

The owner of the UK Monmouthshire Beacon has announced that the paper will carry "nothing which would attack the decision to conduct the war". The National Union of Journalists in UK and Ireland have challened Sir Ray Tindle, owner of the Monmouthshire Beacon and 130 weekly titles, to a debate on press freedom.