July 29, 2003
Arab news network Al-Jazeera on Monday said one of its cameramen arrested by US troops in Mosul as he filmed an attack on American soldiers had been released. ‘‘Our colleague Nawfal Al-Shahwani was released overnight but they (the US soldiers) confiscated the tape he’d made,’’ said Yasser Abu Halala, the Qatar-based channel’s Baghdad correspondent. Shahwani had gone on hunger strike to protest against his detention and had to be taken to hospital for treatment.
On Saturday, US Deputy Secretary of Defence Paul Wolfowitz accused Arab news networks of inciting violence against US troops in Iraq and ‘‘slanting news incredibly,’’ pointing the finger at Al-Jazeera in particular. ‘‘We’re talking to the owners of these stations and asking for some balance,’’ Wolfowitz said, also referring to Dubai-based channel Al-Arabiya.
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