Campaign 2010

May 18, 2004

Reuters Reporters Beaten

AP relates on its competitor:

Reuters said Tuesday three Iraqis working for the news agency were beaten, taunted and forced to put shoes in their mouths during their detention at a military camp near Fallujah in January.

 

After being freed from their Jan. 2-5 detention, the men told Reuters about their alleged ordeal but only decided to make it public when the U.S. military said there was no evidence of abuse, and news broke about the mistreatment of Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad.

 

Reuters quoted all three men as saying they were beaten and forced to make demeaning gestures as soldiers laughed, taunted them and took photographs. Two told the news agency they also were degraded by being forced to insert fingers into their anuses and then lick them, and to put shoes in their mouths.

 

“The U.S. investigation in this case remains totally unsatisfactory as far as we’re concerned,” Susan Allsopp, a Reuters spokeswoman in London, said Tuesday. “We would urge them to reevaluate the investigation in light of recent events.”

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