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The following is the text of an email from Reuters Editor-in-Chief David Schlesinger:
The video of our colleagues, Namir Noor-Eldeen and Saeed Chmagh, being killed in Iraq in 2007 was difficult and disturbing to watch but also important to watch.
There is no better evidence of the dangers each and every journalist in a war zone faces at any time. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the men and women of Reuters news who put themselves on the front line to tell the story; we mourn and remember each of our colleagues who has died – our books of remembrance that we keep in our main offices are grim reminders of the sacrifices too many have made over the many decades and many conflicts.
It is impossible to watch and listen to the video dispassionately. I struggle with my emotions the way I’m sure many of you struggle as well.
I believe that we as an organization and I as an individual must fight for journalists’ safety. I will continue to campaign for better training for the military – to help as much as possible to teach the difference in form between a camera and an rpg or between a tripod and a weapon. I will continue to press for thorough and objective investigations. I will continue to insist that governments the world over recognize the rights of journalists to do their jobs. I will continue to ensure that our rules and operating procedures are the safest in the industry.
NYTimes, Weekly standard falsely imply we doctored Iraq massacre video
Originally posted by bigyin
The BBC News site had a link to the story, but I never saw or heard any mention of the story on their TV broadcasts. And by this morning even the link had disappeared. So a very feeble effort to cover it. More concerned about Samcams dress code.
Originally posted by MikeboydUS
I didn't see any violations of rules of engagement here.
On the other this is identical to various incidents of friendly fire.
There are lessons to be learned from this.
1.Apache pilots need more visual testing and better optics on the gunships.
2. The Pentagon needs to be blunt when this or friendly fire happens. Thorough investigations need to be done and findings need be upfront.
These kinds of incidents and friendly fire need to be eliminated. Better training and better equipment will help with this.
Originally posted by earthdude
Many of you are ignoring the fact that everybody has weapons there and having a weapon is not a reason to be shot. This is the accepted knowledge there and also in the USA. We don't shoot people who are just trying to defend themselves.