Monday, July 14, 2008

AP Stringer: detached obeserver or complicit to murder?

My Pet Jawa asks the question of AP photographer Rahmatullah Naikzad.

Taliban militants said they executed two women in central Afghanistan after accusing them of working as prostitutes on a US base.

A spokesman for Ghazni's governor, said the women, dressed in blue burqas, were shot and killed late Saturday just outside Ghazni city in central Afghanistan.

He called the two "innocent local people."

Taliban fighters told Associated Press Television News the two were executed for allegedly running a prostitution ring catering to US soldiers and other foreign contractors at a US base in Ghazni city.

1st Lt. Nathan Perry, a US military spokesman, says he has never heard of allegations "anything close to that nature."

An Associated Press Television News crew was in the vicinity when the women were killed.

The crew heard gunshots and filmed from some distance in the dark.

The following day Associated Press Television filmed the bodies of the two women.

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Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Ask any current journalist: their job is not to "take sides" but simply to document.

Coupled with the fact that to take any kind of stand would require actual COURAGE.


Monday, July 14, 2008 12:55:00 PM  
Blogger Gayle said...

I hate the fact they filmed from a distance in the dark, but I would need to know if they were armed? If they weren't armed then the only thing their interfering would have accomplished would have been for them to have been killed too. A camera doesn't make a very effective killing tool.

Monday, July 14, 2008 4:04:00 PM  

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