Thursday, February 24, 2011

Iraqi forces raid journalists' office

"Gunmen raided the office of an Iraqi journalists' organization Wednesday, taking equipment such as flak jackets, laptops and video cameras, the director of the Baghdad-based independent group said.

The men wore black, military-style uniforms, said Ziyad al-Ajili, head of the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory, adding that he did not know where they were from. A Baghdad military spokesman told The Associated Press that the men were part of the Iraqi army; he gave few other details.

Al-Ajili said the gunmen made off with years of files gathered by the organization about violations against the media as well as the equipment stored in the group's downtown Baghdad offices. The group works to protect journalists in Iraq."

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