US forces still holding journalist although charges were dismissed

first_img Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” December 28, 2020 Find out more As the US troops begin their withdrawal from Iraqi cities today, many questions remain about the persons still detained by the US forces. Reporters Without Borders reiterates its call for the release of Reuters photographer Ibrahim Jassam, who has been held since last September.“The US armed forces are now withdrawing from the main Iraqi cities after six years of occupation,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We hope this will result in the release of detainees still held by the Americans, such as Ibrahim Jassam, who was arrested 10 months ago. His detention is illegal as the Iraqi central criminal court dismissed all charges against him last November. He must be freed.”One of his sisters told Reporters Without Borders by phone: “Ibrahim began a hunger strike four days ago in protest against his illegal detention. His health is deteriorating. We are very worried about him.” His family is allowed to visit him every two months.Jassam was arrested by US and Iraqi soldiers in the south Baghdad district of Mahmoudiyah on 1 September. No evidence was produced against him when the central criminal court heard his case on 30 November and dismissed all the charges. Nonetheless, he is still being held in Buki prison in Basra, 550 km south of Baghdad.The situation of journalists continues to be critical in Iraq and the danger persists as the US forces pull out. Three journalists have been killed since the start of the year. to go further Help by sharing this information Organisation June 30, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 US forces still holding journalist although charges were dismissed News News Follow the news on Iraq IraqMiddle East – North Africa center_img RSF_en Receive email alerts February 15, 2021 Find out more December 16, 2020 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa News RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Newslast_img read more

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