April 8th marks the second anniversary of the United States attack on Baghdad’s Palestine Hotel, which at the time contained scores of reporters and media people reporting on the US invasion. Two journalists were killed and others wounded. On the same morning, a journalist was killed when the Baghdad offices of the Arab satellite channel Al-Jazeera was attacked by US fighter planes. The [International Federation of Journalists] says there are another 11 other cases of unexplained killings in which US soldiers were involved that require answers.
The Federation accuses the US of carrying out “whitewash” reports of the killings – and in many instances cases there have been no reports at all.
“These reports follow the same unconvincing and incredible pattern: secrecy over the detail and nature of the report, a failure to examine all the evidence, paltry and cruelly insensitive shrugs of regret, and complete exoneration of responsibility of US personnel at all levels of command,” said [IFJ General Secretary Aidan] White. “It is denial of justice on a shocking scale.”
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