Wednesday, July 30, 2003

US soldiers beat up reporter for filming civilian killings

"A Japanese reporter was beaten up and briefly detained by US troops in Baghdad after filming their weekend raid on a house in search for ousted president Saddam Hussein.

Kazutaka Sato, 47, was held in an arm-lock, thrown to the ground and kicked by several US soldiers on Sunday when he was filming the bodies of Iraqis being removed from a car which was shot up in the raid, the reports said. Sato suffered slight injuries to his face and hands, the Kyodo news agency and the newspaper Asahi reported from Baghdad. He had his hands tied and was detained for an hour.

When members of the Western media approached, Sato was released and his camera, which had been confiscated, was handed back to him, the Asahi said. "

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