MONTREAL, June 26 /CNW Telbec/ - Reporters Without Borders condemns the
arrest of journalist Ahmed Al-Majoun in a raid by US and Iraqi soldiers on his
home in Tikrit (180 km north of Baghdad) early yesterday. His son was also
arrested. Majoun heads a journalists union based in Salah El Din, the province
of which Tikrit is the capital. No reason has been given for their arrests.
"We are disturbed to see that, just a few weeks after the arrest of
Associated Press cameraman Ahmed Nouri, the armed forces are still not
respecting the work of journalists," the press freedom organisation said. "The
arrests of Majoun and his son are unjustified. We call on the US forces to say
exactly what they are charged with or else release them."
A joint US-Iraqi military unit arrested Majoun and his son at around 2
a.m. yesterday after forcing their way into his home using stun grenades that
damaged the front door and windows. The Journalistic Freedoms Observatory said
the soldiers stayed in the house until dawn. It is believed that Majoun and
his son are being held at the US military base in Tikrit. The US military has
refused to comment on their arrest.
Nouri, the AP cameraman, has been held at the same base since 4 June
despite a joint appeal for his release by Reporters Without Borders and the
Journalistic Freedoms Observatory. He was also arrested at his home by US and
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