June 12

Yahoo! employees get chance to see Chinese detainee videos outside company’s headquarters

first_img Receive email alerts April 12, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Yahoo! employees get chance to see Chinese detainee videos outside company’s headquarters ChinaAsia – Pacific March 12, 2021 Find out more to go further June 2, 2021 Find out more China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Help by sharing this information RSF_en ChinaAsia – Pacific A Reporters Without Borders team stationed itself with a video player outside Yahoo!’s California headquarters on 7 April 2006 and stopped employees as they left the building, offering to show them videos filmed in China of people criticising Yahoo!’s cooperation with the Chinese police. The videos, which can be downloaded from the Reporters Without Borders website, consist of interviews with the brother of Li Zhi, a Chinese pro-democracy activist who was arrested on information provided by Yahoo!, and the lawyer of Shi Tao, a journalist arrested in a similar fashion.The Reporters Without Borders staff also tried to meet Yahoo! executives, who initially refused and even threatened to call the police, but finally agreed to a meeting today.Reporters Without Borders wants Yahoo! to stop cooperating with the Chinese authorities in the arrests of activists and journalists, whether through its branch in China or a local partner. It also wants Yahoo! to stop operating an e-mail service on Chinese territory and for Yahoo!’s servers in China to be brought back to the United States. And it wants any Chinese police request for information about a Yahoo! client to have to be submitted to a US court.In the first video, Li’s brother criticises Yahoo!’s role in Li’s conviction. “Li is in prison because of you,” he says. “He already had hepatitis and now he has pleurisy because the poor working conditions in prison (…) Our family is broken (…) I am convinced he is innocent (…) All this happened because of your company (…) and I hope that in future you will heed your conscience before doing this kind of thing.”In the second video, Shi’s lawyer, Mo Shaoping, says Yahoo! is implicated in many similar cases: “I have names, but I cannot reveal them yet (…) I think Yahoo! could refuse to collaborate if it recognises that there is a contradiction between Chinese law and international human rights standards.” In February, Reporters Without Borders sent Yahoo! a list of the 80 cyber-dissidents and journalists in prison in China, asking it to say where or not it was involved in their arrests. Yahoo! did not reply.The two videos were televised on 12 May on ABC programme World News Tonight together with footage of the Reporters Without Borders action outside Yahoo! headquarters (see the video). They will also appear in a report on the Franco-German TV station Arte on the evening of 19 April and in documentary to be screened on the Dutch TV station VPRO on 7 May.All this comes 10 days before a visit to the United States by Chinese President Hu Jintao. Reporters Without Borders hopes the US authorities will raise the issue of online free expression in their meetings with Hu, and that the visit will be accompanied by the release of Li and Shi and other detained journalists and cyber-dissidents. ————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org Organisation News Related documents Video of Li Zhi’s brotherX-MS-WMV – 3.2 MB April 27, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on China A Reporters Without Borders team stationed itself with a video player outside Yahoo!’s California headquarters on 7 April and stopped employees as they left the building, offering to show them videos filmed in China of people criticising Yahoo!’s cooperation with the Chinese police. Reporters Without Borders wants Yahoo! to stop cooperating with the Chinese authorities in the arrests of activists and journalists. Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News News Newslast_img read more

June 12

Court frees jailed human rights activist after she criticises independent journalists

first_img RSF_en Help by sharing this information February 11, 2021 Find out more An appeal court in Andijan reduced human rights activist Gulbahor Turaeva’s sentence from six years in prison to a suspended six-year sentence on 12 June after she promised the court to turn over a new leaf and criticised several independent journalists by name. It was the second time in a month that an Uzbek court has suspended an activist’s jail sentence after a public confession.A doctor and mother of four, Turaeva had been convicted on 24 April of defamation, distributing documents liable to disturb the peace and trying to overthrown constitutional rule under article 159 of the criminal code.“The Uzbek government has made no progress in human rights since the Andijan massacre, despite the dialogue started with the European Union,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is appalling to see the authorities use the same methods – activists being forced to confess and denounce their colleagues in return for clemency – in the space of a few weeks. Not only do they sentence people to long jail terms, but they then force them to renege on their convictions and incriminate the people they worked with.”Turayeva unexpectedly said in court on 12 June: “I thank the court for its clemency, its humanity and the respect it has shown me. I will now look for a new job and I will probably work for the government. I promise never to break the law again.” She went on to criticise and insult several independent journalists who fled the country after the Andijan uprising and ensuing massacre, including Marcus Bensmann (a German national), his wife a and journalist Galima Bukharbaeva, and Nigora Khidoyatova, leader of the “Free Farmers” opposition party. Bukharbayeva said the government had “once again broken” someone who was a committed opponent. Turayeva and Bukharbayeva knew each other well and both were in Andijan at the time of the massacre in May 2005. Bukharbaeva, who now works for Uznews.net, said there were now few independent journalists working in Uzbekistan.Bukharbaeva said Turaeva had been a reliable, trustworthy person who was a member of Anima-kor, an NGO that defended the rights of doctors and their patients. She was a key witness of the Andijan massacre, helped compile a list of the victims, and was among those capable of challenging the government’s version of what took place.Uzbekistan has one of the most repressive regimes in central Asia. News News UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia October 15, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Uzbekistan UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia May 11, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News Uzbek blogger facing possible 10-year jail term to go further Receive email alerts Organisation More than six years in prison for Uzbek blogger who covered corruption News New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council June 18, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court frees jailed human rights activist after she criticises independent journalistslast_img read more

June 12

Attempted murder of weekly editor on Mindanao island bodes ill for 2005

first_img Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Follow the news on Philippines RSF_en The attempted killing of Maximo Quindao, the publisher of the weekly Mindanao Truck News, on 29 January in Tagum on the southern island of Mindanao shows that corrupt politicians and organised crime are continuing to attack the press in the Philippines, Reporters Without Borders said today.Quindao, 46, was shot four times in the chest outside his office by two gunmen on a motorcycle who immediately fled. He was rushed to hospital in a serious condition.The undertakings which the authorities have given to improve the security situation must be put into action in all parts of the country, Reporters Without Borders said.At the same time, a prompt start to the trial of the person charged with the May 2002 murder journalist Edgar Damalerio, who was also from Mindanao, would be a significant step in the struggle against impunity, the press freedom organisation said.Six journalists were killed in the Philippines in 2004 for doing their job. Seven others were gunned down without it being clear whether they were targeted because of their work, and 10 others were the target of attempted killings.The police do not know who shot Quindao, a former journalist with Bombo Radyo, and their motive is still unknown. His wife said could have been targeted because of his articles criticising politicians in the Mindanao province of Davao del Norte. And for the past few weeks he had been waging a blistering press campaign against two Tagum officials. News News February 16, 2021 Find out more February 1, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Attempted murder of weekly editor on Mindanao island bodes ill for 2005 Newscenter_img PhilippinesAsia – Pacific to go further PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Organisation Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa May 3, 2021 Find out more News Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago June 1, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

June 12

Emergency funds for targeted journalist unable to get medical treatment

first_img The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders is providing temporary financial assistance to Awa Ehoura, a journalist who presented the 8 p.m. news programme on state-owned Radio-Télévision Ivoirienne (RTI) when Laurent Gbagbo was president. Like other prominent people regarded as supporters of the former president, her bank accounts have been frozen since his fall from power in early 2011. And, as a result of being suspended by RTI, she ceased to have medical insurance cover on 12 January, so she has been left without any way to get treatment for her diabetes.As a result, Reporters Without Borders yesterday sent her funds to cover her medical bills and the medicine she needs to buy.“We have often enough said what we thought of the role RTI frequently played as a propaganda tool,” the organization said. “But Awa Ehoura is a journalist, not a criminal. It is unreasonable and unjust that such a sanction intended to punish her supposed support for the former regime has left her in such dire straits. We are sending her this money as a humanitarian gesture.”Reporters Without Borders added: “The treatment suffered by this journalist should alert public opinion and the government. The way she has been marginalized is incompatible with the need for justice and national reconciliation. It is time to lift the order freezing assets for those who were unjustly targeted.” October 16, 2020 Find out more News News October 29, 2020 Find out more Côte d’IvoireAfrica January 20, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Emergency funds for targeted journalist unable to get medical treatment Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire Côte d’IvoireAfrica to go further RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election RSF_en November 27, 2020 Find out more Reports News Photo : Awa Ehoura Receive email alerts Organisation last_img read more

June 12

Car-bomb maims satellite TV station’s public relations chief

first_img Receive email alerts December 16, 2020 Find out more News to go further RSF_en Help by sharing this information Organisation Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan IraqMiddle East – North Africa February 15, 2021 Find out more “This deliberate attack is unacceptable,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We call on the authorities to do everything possible to shed light on the motives for this targeted bombing against a journalist. Those responsible must be brought to justice. We have been reminded yet again of the dangers to which the media are constantly exposed in Iraq.” News “He was rushed to hospital but is still unconscious,” a fellow journalist told Reporters Without Borders.center_img RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” IraqMiddle East – North Africa A total of 3 people were seriously injured when the bomb, attached to the underside of Al-Jabouri’s car, exploded as he set off this morning for work with two neighbours in Micanic, in the south Baghdad suburb of Doura. Al-Jabouri survived the blast, which ripped off both of his legs. Follow the news on Iraq Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Many journalists have been injured in bombings in the past few weeks. In a press release on 8 April, Reporters Without Borders urged the Iraqi parliament to begin examining a bill for the protection of journalists (http://en.rsf.org/iraq-urgent-need-for-parliament-to-08-04-2010,36963.html). December 28, 2020 Find out more News News April 13, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Car-bomb maims satellite TV station’s public relations chief Reporters Without Borders strongly condemns the targeted car-bombing in which journalist Omar Ibrahim Al-Jabouri, the satellite TV station Al-Rasheed’s head of public relations, lost both of his legs today in Baghdad.last_img read more

June 12

11 Sakharov Prize winners call for the immediate release of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi

first_imgThe 11 Sakharov Prize winners do not rule out the possibility of taking further initiatives on behalf of Aung San Suu Kyi or taking a position on other issues. The European Parliament has awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought every year since 1988 to individuals or organisations that, like Andrei Sakharov, dedicate their energies to the defence of human rights and freedoms, and to combatting oppression and injustice. RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum News US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture MyanmarAsia – Pacific News With just weeks to go to the 20th anniversary of the creation of the Sakharov Prize on 10 December 1988, an informal network of 11 of its past winners today calls on the Burmese authorities to immediately release Aung San Su Kyi and all other political prisoners. The appeal is signed by: May 26, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Human rights organisations put the number of political prisoners in Burma at about 2,000. They include Win Tin, a journalist held since July 1989. MyanmarAsia – Pacific The leader of the National League for Democracy, the party that won the 1990 parliamentary elections, Aung San Suu Kyi has been under house arrest since May 2003. In all, she has spent more than 12 years in prison or under house arrest since 1988. According to her lawyer, she is now under-nourished, having for a month refused most of the food brought to her. The Sakharov Prize is awarded on 10 December, the anniversary of the ratification of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations in 1948. The award comes with 50,000 euros in prize money. May 31, 2021 Find out more For additional information Receive email alerts May 12, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en INFORMAL SAKHAROV PRIZE NETWORKC/o Reporters Without Borders Contact : Olivier Basille (Reporters Without Borders) Tel : 00 32 (0)494 356 165  Fax : 00 32 (0)2 235 22 82 Email : [email protected] Follow the news on Myanmar September 16, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 11 Sakharov Prize winners call for the immediate release of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi The informal Sakharov Prize network urges the European authorities, especially France, the current holder of the European Union’s rotating presidency, to redouble their efforts to obtain the release of their fellow Sakharov Prize winner and all of Burma’s political prisoners. With just weeks to go to the 20th anniversary of the creation of the Sakharov Prize on 10 December 1988, an informal network of 11 of its past winners today calls on the Burmese authorities to immediately release Aung San Su Kyi and all other political prisoners. News to go further – Adem Demaçi (1991 Sakharov Prize winner)- Taslima Nasreen (1994 Sakharov Prize winner)- Wei Jingsheng (1996 Sakharov Prize winner)- Salima Ghezali (1997 Sakharov Prize winner)- Dom Zacarias Kamwenho (2001 Sakharov Prize winner)- Oswaldo José Paya Sardinas (2002 Sakharov Prize winner)- Belarusian Journalist Association – BAJ (2004 Sakharov Prize winner)- Hauwa Ibrahim (2005 Sakharov Prize winner)- Reporters Without Borders (2005 Sakharov Prize winner)- Alexander Milinkevich (2006 Sakharov Prize winner)- Salih Mahmoud Mohamed Osman (2007 Sakharov Prize winner) Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar Organisation last_img read more

June 12

ALERT: US – RSF supports CNN, Jim Acosta lawsuit against White House

first_img Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) supports CNN’s decision to sue the Trump administration for revoking Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta’s press credentials, and is encouraged by the number of journalism organizations that have filed amicus briefs in support of the lawsuit. United StatesAmericas June 3, 2021 Find out more News News For the latest updates, follow RSF on twitter @RSF_en. Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP CNN filed a lawsuit in the US District Court in Washington, DC against the Trump administration on November 13 for revoking Acosta’s press credentials the week before. In the suit, CNNaccuses the administration of violating Acosta’s First and Fifth Amendment rights to free speech and due process of law. Since then, multiple news organizations—including FOX News, NBC News, The Associated Press, Bloomberg, Gannett, The New York Times, Politico, USA Today, and The Washington Post—have filed amicus briefs in support of this lawsuit. CNN has requested a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction that would immediately return Acosta’s credentials. The judge could potentially rule on this request during a hearing this afternoon. Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says News to go further April 28, 2021 Find out more November 14, 2018 ALERT: US – RSF supports CNN, Jim Acosta lawsuit against White House Receive email alerts WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists The United States ranks 45th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Indexafter falling 2 places in the last year. RSF_en “Democracy relies on the ability of a free press to report on all branches of the government, regardless of whether those in power like the questions or the reporter asking those questions,”said Margaux Ewen, Director of RSF’s North America bureau. “Since this case has such broad implications beyond CNN and Jim Acosta, it is encouraging to see so many journalism organizations file amicus briefs in support of the lawsuit. RSF joins them in calling for the immediate return of Jim Acosta’s press credentials.” June 7, 2021 Find out more Organisation Follow the news on United States United StatesAmericas NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Newslast_img read more

June 12

Brian Bonner reinstated as Kyiv Post editor

first_img Reporters Without Borders welcomes Brian Bonner’s reinstatement as editor of the Kyiv Post. After its journalists continued a strike for four days, owner Mohammed Zahour reversed a decision to fire Bonner over editorial disagreements and even announced the creation of a special editorial council consisting of Bonner and three other staff members to guarantee its independence and protect it from outside meddling.“This U-turn has shown that, although the authorities and media owners in Ukraine have been trying to control editorial content for more than a year, they can be made to back down when journalists and public opinion are mobilized,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This is a great victory for the Kyiv Post’s staff and an encouragement to all those fighting for media freedom in Ukraine.”——————————————————————————————–19/04/2011 Kyiv Post editor fired, journalists go on strikeReporters Without Borders is outraged to learn that Brian Bonner, the editor of the Ukrainian English-language newspaper, the Kyiv Post, was fired on 15 April for disregarding the owner’s instructions to kill an interview with the agriculture minister. The press freedom organization stresses that the owners of news media must never try to determine their editorial policies. This is essential in order to guarantee media independence.Bonner’s removal comes at a bad time for the Ukrainian media, with the government increasingly opposed to criticism and now apparently using dismissal as its latest weapon for getting rid of outspoken journalists. A respected journalist who had been editing the Kyiv Post for the past three years, Bonner was preparing to publish an interview with agriculture minister Mykola Prysiazhniuk about the lack of transparency in government grain export quotas on 15 April when he received call from Mohammed Zahour, a British businessman who heads Istil Group, the newspaper’s owner.Zahour asked him to drop the interview and threatened to block the entire issue if he did not. Bonner refused and was fired the same day. He had received several warnings from Zahour’s representatives in recent months and had been accused of not giving President Viktor Yanukovych enough support.The newspaper’s journalists have gone on strike, describing Bonner’s dismissal as meddling. In an open letter released today, they urged Zahour to reinstate Bonner and said firing was never the right solution to editorial differences. The Kyiv Post would be independent “no matter who runs the government” and “independent newspapers are both rare and important in this region,” they added.In a response posted on the newspaper’s website, Istil Group claimed that Bonner’s firing was not due to the publication of the interview with the agriculture minister but to differences of opinions. A Kyiv Post journalist told Reporters Without Borders that access to the newspaper’s computers and email service was blocked by the management today. This morning, the journalists could not acces their office. Bonner’s firing came just five days after Serhiy Tyhy was dismissed as editor of Gazeta Po Pievski following various disputes with the newspapers owners. Its journalists had not been paid for three months and its publication had been blocked. According to Tyhy, one of the reasons given for his dismissal was a February article criticizing the president.Media freedom has declined sharply in Ukraine since Yanukovych became president. It now ranks 131st out of 178 countries in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. News News Organisation April 19, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Brian Bonner reinstated as Kyiv Post editor UkraineEurope – Central Asia Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media News Follow the news on Ukraine Receive email alerts UkraineEurope – Central Asia center_img Help by sharing this information September 7, 2020 Find out more News March 26, 2021 Find out more to go further February 26, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authoritylast_img read more

June 12

Two gang members get life for journalist’s murder, a third is acquitted

first_img October 11, 2019 Find out more Violence against the press in Haiti: RSF and CPJ write to Minister of Justice December 13, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two gang members get life for journalist’s murder, a third is acquitted Journalist shot dead amid anti-government protests in Haiti News News Receive email alerts HaïtiAmericas RSF_en November 14, 2019 Find out more News Organisation The trial of four local militia members for the December 2001 murder of journalist Brignol Lindor ended yesterday with two being sentenced to life imprisonment and one being acquitted. The case against the fourth was dismissed on a technicality, but he could still face trial for the murder. Another journalist murdered in Haiti to go further Reporters Without Borders hails the outcome of a two-day trial before a court of assizes in the southern town of Petit-Goâve in which two members of a local militia known as Domi nan Bwa were yesterday given life sentences for the murder of Radio Echo 2000 journalist Brignol Lindor on 3 December 2001. Of the two other alleged militia members on trial , one was acquitted because of mistaken identity and the other got off on a technicality, because he was identified by the wrong first name. Reporters Without Borders regards this as an indication of shortcomings in the preparation of the trial. Six other members of the militia are due to be tried, but have not yet been arrested.“The life sentences are proportionate to the particularly barbaric way Lindor was murdered,” the press freedom organisation said. “A trial, especially one of this importance, nonetheless needs a prosecution case that is complete and sound, and ensures that all those involved are present in the courtroom.”Reporters Without Borders added: “We doubt that the order issued by the presiding judge regarding the six other militiamen charged in this case, who are still fugitives, will have a persuasive effect. They must be arrested quickly. We are still waiting to find out to what degree the former Petit-Goâve municipal authorities were involved in Lindor’s murder.”The two defendants who received life sentences were Joubert Saint-Juste and Jean-Rémy Démosthène (see picture below). For the time being, they are still being held in Petit-Goâve, but they could be transferred to the national penitentiary in Port-au-Prince to serve their sentences.Simon Cétoute, 56, was acquitted because witnesses failed to identify him and because the court acknowledged that he had been arrested instead of one of his sons who recently died in the nearby town of Léogâne. The case was dismissed against a fourth defendant, known as Fritznel Doudoute, because the first name, “Fritznel,” by which he was referred in the indictment, was not his real name, which is Lionel. Nonetheless, he was formally identified in court by witnesses as one of the participants in Lindor’s murder, and he could still be tried. Petit-Goâve state prosecutor Kébreau Zamor announced that a new case would be opened against.A case could also be opened against Bony Dumay, Petit-Goâve deputy at the time of the murder, who is alleged to have incited violence against Lindor. He was a witness during the trial but so far he has never been charged.In a statement to the press at the end of the trial, judge Emmanuel Tataye gave the six other Domi nan Bwa members, who were charged in 2002 and for whom arrests warrants are still pending, until 16 December to surrender, failing which they would be declared “rebels against the law” and would have “their rights as citizens suspended and their property seized.” Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Haïti News HaïtiAmericas June 11, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

June 12

Catastrophe narrowly averted in attacks on Palestine and Sheraton hotels

first_img Help by sharing this information October 25, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Catastrophe narrowly averted in attacks on Palestine and Sheraton hotels IraqMiddle East – North Africa February 15, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders today said it was appalled by yesterday’s almost simultaneous suicide attacks on the Palestine and Sheraton hotels in Baghdad in which nine journalists and media assistants were seriously injured. The attacks, which killed a total of 17 hotel employees and passers-by, were directly targeted at foreign journalists working in Iraq, the organisation said. December 28, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts IraqMiddle East – North Africa to go further RSF_en News News Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Organisation News RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Reporters Without Borders today said it was appalled by yesterday’s almost simultaneous suicide attacks on the Palestine and Sheraton hotels in Baghdad in which nine journalists and media assistants were seriously injured. The attacks, which killed a total of 17 hotel employees and passers-by, were directly targeted at foreign journalists working in Iraq, the organisation said.“The Palestine and Sheraton hotels are chiefly used by foreign correspondents based in Irak and also serve as the headquarters of several international news agencies,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The goal of the terrorists was clear. We are all the more disturbed as this is the first time there has been an attack of this scale against the media in Iraq.”The press freedom organisation added: “The toll would have been even higher if the guards had not fired on the cement truck laden with explosives used by the suicide bombers heading towards the hotels. We came within a hair’s breadth of catastrophe.”Five of the nine injured journalists work for Al Hurra TV, two for the news agency APTN, and two for radio Nwowa including its bureau chief Seif Al Khayaj, who was among those who were rushed to hospital.The attacks began with a car-bomb that went off against the perimeter walls of the Palestine and Sheraton hotels. Another car-bomb approached from the square five minutes later and tried to manoeuvre through the gap, but was fired on by security guards. Seconds later, the cement truck tried to get through. An Iraqi security source told Agence France-Presse: “A catastrophe was only just avoided. The toll would have been much higher if the US soldiers had not fired on the cement truck with explosives used in the attacks.” Follow the news on Iraq Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more