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News Headlines - Monday September 1st 2003
US DETAINS AL-JAZEERA CREW IN IRAQ
US soldiers in Iraq have detained two journalists from the Arabic TV network al-Jazeera.
The network claimed the troops allegedly threatened to shoot the station's staff if they were ever seen again in Ramadi, a known hotbed of Iraqi resistance.
"US soldiers expressed their hatred of al-Jazeera and threatened to open fire on any al-Jazeera correspondent working in Ramadi in the future," a correspondent for the Dubai-based network said.
An official in Washington confirmed two people claiming to be journalists for al-Jazeera had been detained and that an investigation was underway to determine if they were in fact from the network.
NIGERIAN JOURNALIST BEATEN UNCONSCIOUS
A Nigerian photojournalist was beaten almost to death by local police as he tried to take photos of dignitaries attending a ceremony in the capital Lagos.
NEW RULES FOR INDIAN TV CREWS AFTER BOMB CHAOS
The Indian government has laid down some hard rules for TV crews wishing to report from the scene of a crime after many allegedly misreported the facts at a bomb blast last week in Mumbai (formerly Bombay).
Police will in future cordon off the area to both protect the evidence, much of which was apparently trampled on by TV crews, and guard against the likelihood of a second explosion.
Networks will also need to check their information with a senior officer who will be put on the spot to liaise with the media.
UGANDA REPRIEVES CHURCH RADIO
A church-run radio station in Uganda, shut down more than a year ago for allegedly supporting rebellion, has been reopened by the government.
"We have, however, emphasised to them and they accepted that this should not be done at the expense of security and the security of our forces," information minister Nsaba Butulo said.
WRITERS' GROUP LAUNCHES NORTH AFRICA CAMPAIGN
A campaign has been launched aimed at securing freedom of expression for journalists in the North African countries of Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.
The Writers in Prison Committee of International PEN said the campaign would run from September 1 to September 12.
The organisation declared itself "deeply concerned about the continued repression of the freedom of expression of writers and journalists" in the three countries.
CONCERN OVER MURDERS OF JOURNALISTS IN PHILIPPINES
Media groups in The Philippines are growing increasingly concerned about the number of unsolved murders of journalists in the country.
Broadcaster Noel Villarante was gunned down on August 19 near Manila.
He was the 40th journalist killed in the Philippines since the fall of Ferdinand Marcos in 1986.
The Centre for Media Freedom and Responsibility, which keeps a record of the attacks, claims none of the cases have been solved.