Iraq : Al-Arabiya and Al-Sumariya journalists attacked by prime minister's bodyguards

    MONTREAL, March 21 /CNW Telbec/ - Bodyguards protecting Prime Minister
Nouri Al-Maliki attacked journalists working for pan-Arab satellite TV station
Al-Arabiya and Iraqi TV station Al-Sumariya yesterday in Babel (110 km north
of Baghdad). Al-Arabiya correspondent Fares Al-Mehdawi told Reporters Without
Borders that police officers guarding the prime minister hit him and other
journalists. They also smashed his camera and confiscated the footage he had
filmed, he said. The editor of the Kurdish daily Rahsen, Mohammed Saleh Hajji
Taha, was meanwhile freed on bail on 19 March after being held for three days.
He was arrested in Dahuk (100 km northwest of Erbil) on 16 March for articles
criticising the penal code. No date has been set for his trial.

For further information:

For further information: Katherine Borlongan, secretary general,
Reporters Without Borders, (514) 521-4111, Cell: (514) 258-4208, Fax: (514)

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