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Sunday, August 17, 2003
What is going on over there?
Reuters cameraman killed near Baghdad: "A Reuters cameraman was shot and killed Sunday while working near a U.S.-run prison on the outskirts of Baghdad, the London-based news agency said.

Witnesses reported that Mazen Dana, 41, was filming outside Abu Ghraib prison in western Baghdad when he was shot, Reuters said.

A Reuters staffer told The Associated Press in Baghdad that Dana, a Palestinian, appeared to have been shot by U.S. soldiers as he was videotaping outside the Abu Ghraib prison after a mortar attack there Sunday, in which six prisoners were killed and about 60 others were wounded.

The staffer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the videotape in Dana's camera showed two U.S. tanks coming toward him, two shots, apparently from the tanks, rang out and Dana fell to the ground. He was taken away by a U.S. helicopter for treatment. "

Dana had won awards for his work on the West Bank, particularly around Hebron. He had been shot at three times in 2000 and at one point Reuters took him off the street in Hebron for his own safety. One supposes they thought he'd be safer in Iraq at this point because everyone knows the US doesn't shoot journalists....
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