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Pulitzer Winning Journalist Accused of Spying in Sudan

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posted on Aug, 26 2006 @ 08:45 PM
Paul Salopek, a reporter for the Chicago Tribune, and his Chadian driver and interpreter have been charged with spying and other crimes by the Sudanese government. All three have been in the custody of pro-government forces since being arrested August 6th in Darfur. Their trial is due to start on September 10th.
A Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune was charged in a Sudanese court Saturday with espionage and other crimes.

Paul Salopek, 44, was charged in a 40-minute hearing with espionage, passing information illegally and writing "false news," the Tribune reported on its Web site. His driver and interpreter, both Chadian nationals, faced the same charges.

The three men were arrested Aug. 6 by pro-government forces in the war-torn province of Darfur, the paper said. Salopek, who lives in New Mexico, was working on a freelance assignment for National Geographic magazine during his arrest.

Two U.S. congressman visited Salopek Tuesday at a police station in El Fasher, one of the congressman said.

During the hourlong visit in the police chief's office, Salopek said he was being held in a 20-foot-by-20-foot cell with 15 other inmates and no toilet facilities. Salopek later was moved to better quarters, Shays said.

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Journalists seem to be becoming more and more of a target these days. It must be very unsettling for those in the profession on assignment overseas in areas that are experiencing political unrest and turmoil. At least in areas where there is open warfare they have some protection provided by the troops they are embedded with.

Ever since Daniel Pearl was beheaded in Pakistan, I have wondered how many journalists are actually working undercover as agents, which is not to say that Pearl or Salopek were working undercover, and how much more at risk it puts those that are strictly practicing journalism.

[edit on 26-8-2006 by Icarus Rising]

posted on Sep, 9 2006 @ 08:19 AM

Sudan's president agreed Friday to release American journalist Paul Salopek after meeting with New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.

Richardson said he will pick up the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the Chicago Tribune, his Chadian driver and his interpreter in the war-torn Darfur region on Saturday. The three were arrested there on charges of espionage.


This is great news for Mr. Salopek and his family. Congratulations to New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson for his diplomatic efforts in obtaining this release.

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