Friday, March 17, 2006

Baghdad Bravery

While his colleague Jill Carroll is held captive by Iraqi kidnappers, Scott Peterson of The Christian Science Monitor continues to courageously report from Baghdad. His "Was It Worth It? An Iraqi Family Debates" in Friday's paper tells the story of the Methboubs, a poor Baghdad family who the Monitor has been following since late 2002 as it adjusts to life after Saddam Hussein. I've been seeing a lot of stories about the three-year anniversary of the U.S. invasion, but I like how Peterson and the Monitor give us an Iraqi perspective on the war. Peterson and all the other journalists who remain in Iraq deserve our gratitude for continuing to report these difficult stories. Full disclosure: I've had a soft place in my heart for the Monitor after writing several stories for it in the late 1990s.

For an update on Jill Carroll's ordeal, check out the Monitor's Web site.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is more that bloggers can do to help Jill. THe US and Iraqis have determined that at least one of the remaining female detainees is innocent, but they haven't released her yet. There have been reports that the US and Iraqis are taken Iraqi women hostage in order to bait their male family members who are sustpected insurgents. Two wrongs do not make a right. Bloggers should be demanding that the press get the real story. If these women are innocent they should be released. It's horrible that they might be holding these women longer becuase they don't want it to "look" like they're releasing them because of Jill

US to free Iraqi woman detainee soon
AFP: Friday, February 17, 2006

Baghdad-One of the four Iraqi women still in US custody will soon be freed, Deputy Prime Minister Abed Mutlak Al-Juburi told AFP. The Sunni official who negotiates with US forces the list of Iraqi detainees released, said Friday "The four women remain in detention with the Americans, including one from Tall Afar, who will soon be freed." Another one will be tried by an Iraqi court and, if convicted, will be sent to an Iraqi womens' prison, he said, adding that the two other cases were still being investigated."

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