International media groups call for investigation after leaked video shows US military killing Reuters’ journalists

Leading media and press freedom organisations have called upon the United States army to open a new investigation into the killings of two journalists in Iraq in 2007. Military video depicting the slaying of more than 12 people – including the two Thomson Reuters news staff – by two Apache helicopters was leaked to whistleblowing website Wikileaks on Monday. The attack took place on the morning of 12 July 2007 in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad killing two Saeed Chmagh, a 40-year-old Reuters driver and assistant, and Namir Noor-Eldeen, a 22-year-old war photographer. Reuters has pressed the U.S. military to conduct a full and objective investigation into the killing of the two staff. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) have now joined the news agency’s call for a fresh investigation. An investigation following the incident by the US military concluded that the soldiers acted in accordance with the law of armed conflict and its own rules of engagement and were unaware of the presence of the journalists. Reuters has been trying to obtain the video through the Freedom of Information Act since the attack, but without success. The US military did release documents to the news agency last year relating to the presence of weapons on the scene.


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