Friday, May 26, 2000

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  • Two Journalists Killed in Sierra Leone

    Think of the footage you see on the news from conflict zones around the world: the footage last winter of the fighting in the heart of Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, at a time when there were almost no journalists there; or the horrifying footage of more than eighty Albanians, many of them women and children, who had been scorched to death by NATO missiles in Kosovo; the image of the American soldier being dragged through the streets of Mogadishu, Somalia; yhe video footage of US-backed Indonesian militias as they rampaged through East Timor’s capital Dili. [includes rush transcript]

  • Interview with Ignacio Gomez, Executive Director of the Foundation for Freedom of the Press in Colombia

    Journalists are killed around the world simply for doing their jobs. Miguel Moreno and Kurt Schork were foreign journalists covering a war abroad. But the risks on the job increase greatly for reporters covering their own countries. Colombia has the highest rate of murders of reporters in the world. Former Democracy Now! producer Maria Carrion was just in Bogota. She spoke with Ignacio Gomez, who for fourteen years has headed the investigations unit at Bogota’s daily newspaper El Espectador, and is also executive director of the Foundation for Freedom of the Press in Colombia. [includes rush transcript]

  • Former US Army Depleted Uranium Expert Alleges Campaign of Harassment Against Him for Speaking Out

    For years, the Pentagon has attempted to keep discussion of depleted uranium weapons out of the public eye. These are the radioactive munitions the US has used in Iraq, Bosnia, Vieques and, most recently, Yugoslavia. During the Gulf War, US and British warplanes fired off more than a million rounds of DU-coated bullets, and in Kosovo, the Pentagon admits to using 31,000. [includes rush transcript]

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