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al-Qa'bong
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posted 03 July 2004 02:51 PM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Lights, Camera...Shaddupp!

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U.S. news networks agreed to let the American military censor out certain images of Saddam Hussein's court hearing Thursday in Baghdad, one in a bizarre series of events surrounding coverage of the session.

American and Iraqi officials did not want any footage shown of Iraqi guards or court personnel, and they asked broadcast and cable news nets to honor this request.

But the situation took an unexpected turn even before the hearing began, when U.S. officials ordered CNN and Al-Jazeera, the pool camera crews, to disconnect their audio equipment. Officials said it was the wish of the Iraqi judge.


The networks mustn't let anyone hear Saddam implicate Reagan, Bush or Rumsfeld now, should they?

Better yet, if you don't like what Saddam's saying, make it up yourself:

quote:

It's also possible that some of the footage was supplied by Dept. of Defense cameras, which were allowed to record sound. Throughout the day, several news nets said it wasn't always clear which footage was from what source, and that it could have been DOD footage, meaning the Pentagon was directly controlling what was being heard.

[ 03 July 2004: Message edited by: al-Qa'bong ]


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al-Qa'bong
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posted 03 July 2004 03:03 PM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Saddam court coverage was 'shambolic'

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The Guardian's Baghdad correspondent Rory McCarthy described the process as a "shambolic".

"With no audio it was impossible," he said. "The arrangements for the handover were the same - that's just the way things are done here at the moment."



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