CJFE Protests Iraqi Explusions

Monday, February 17, 2003
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) called on Iraq today to rescind its decision to expel 69 foreign journalists. "Iraq has taken this unacceptable step on the eve of a possible war," CJFE Executive Director Joel Ruimy said. "This is a time when the world requires more information out of Iraq, not less. It will not be possible for the world to get a detailed picture of this critical time if journalists are kept out of Iraq." According to reports, Baghdad told 69 foreign journalists last week to leave the country within 48 to 72 hours. In October, it also expelled journalists from CNN, ABC and NBC. Knut Magnus Berge, a reporter in Iraq for the Norwegian public broadcasting company NRK, is quoted in reports as saying he learned of his expulsion on Feb. 10 from a list posted on the wall of the Foreign Ministry office in Baghdad. The Ministry gave no reason for its action. CJFE is an association of more than 400 journalists, editors, publishers, producers, students and others who work to promote and defend free expression and press freedom in Canada and around the world. For more information, contact Joel Ruimy at (416) 515-9622 e-mail: cjfe@cjfe.org

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