Thursday, October 04, 2007

Troops Confiscate AP Video

The AP says one of their camera operators was detained, and video tape confiscated by U.S. troops who apparently were enforcing Iraqi censorship laws regarding how bombings may be reported.
Authorities at the scene confiscated an Associated Press Television News videotape that contained scenes of the wounded being evacuated.
US military spokesman Lt. Col. Scott Bleichwehl told the AP Thursday morning he had checked with American soldiers who were at the scene and the US military did not take the tape. He called back later and said he had discovered in further checks that the tape was in the hands of the US military and would be returned to AP shortly.

The camera operator said he was handcuffed and detained by the US troops at the scene for 40 minutes. He said he was kept inside an American Humvee then released. He said the Americans took the tape but returned his camera upon his release.


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