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Friday, January 07, 2005

Iraq too hot for France?

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The Prime Minister of France is warning reporters (from his own country) to stay out of Iraq as it has become "too dangerous" as kidnapping of foreign journalists has become quite a "sport" for terrorists (or for the liberal "insurgents") in Iraq.
"For everyone, it's a question of responsibility. At the current time, the security of our correspondents cannot be ensured."

His statement follows the recent kidnapping of 43-year-old Florence Aubenas who is a senior correspondent for the French daily Liberation. Ironically the Liberation is not leaving Iraq despite what Chirac had to say about the situation.

REUTERS/Marc Chaumeil

File photo of French journalist Florence Aubenas, missing in Baghdad since January 5. Foreign Minister Michel Barnier says it is not known yet whether Aubenas, who works for the Paris newspaper Liberation, and her interpreter have been kidnapped.

Despite the awful kidnapping of reporters (which according to Reuters is over 120) by terrorists (or "insurgents" for those who are liberal) one should remember that Iraq is not for the weak hearted. There are many bloggers who are taking risks in reporting such as Iraq the Model and if the French reporters want to abandon their duty inside of the "hot zone," then they in essence forfeit their responsibility towards their readers thus giving the terrorists a victory in Iraq. As Reporters without borders bests puts it:
...[although] Iraq remained "the world's most dangerous country for journalists", it was "essential that foreign media continue to cover the situation" there.

Hopefully the missing reporters whereabouts can be determined and my sympathies go towards her family and friends. Selah.

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