Targeting Journalists in Iraq - by Stephen Lendman
Truth-telling in Iraq can be lethal for journalists.
March 19 marks Operation Iraqi Freedom's 9th anniversary. Brutal occupation continues. Thousands of US forces remain.
Obama's alleged pullout repositioned troops nearby and left many there. Moreover, an army of paramilitary killers infest the country.
Overall conditions are grim, including millions of refugees, mass poverty and deprivation, rampant human rights and civil liberty abuses, and lack of basic services, including clean water, sanitation, electricity, health care and education.
Daily violence, chaos, terror, environmental toxins, and unmet human needs also punish Iraqis. So do lawless detentions, torture, lack of press and other freedoms, and daily misery. America destroyed the cradle of civilization. It no longer exists. The loss is incalculable.
Lack of press freedom alone is troubling. In February 2011, Human Rights Watch (HRW) published a report titled, "At a Crossroads: Human Rights in Iraq Eight Years after the US-Led Invasion."
Topics covered included targeting female leaders and activists, human trafficking and forced prostitution, family violence, torturing detainees, refugees including internally displaced ones, the invisible impacts of war, and suppression of freedom including against journalists.