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Family of Dead Spanish Journalist Calls for Investigation

HeadlineNov 19, 2004

Meanwhile the family of another journalist, Jose Couso, has called for an independent investigation into his death. Couso, a Spanish journalist, was killed when US forces opened fire on the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad last year. Reuters cameraman Taras Protsyuk was also killed in the incident. Earlier this week it was revealed that an internal Pentagon report concluded the killings were in self defense. Also Thursday, the global managing editor of the Reuters news agency said charged the US military was entirely to blame for the deaths of three of its employees in Iraq who had been killed since the start of the war. Reuters chief David Schlesinger said “There is no understanding on the part of the US military regarding the exercise of journalism. We can’t run the risk that journalists will become targets. We must learn the lessons from these tragic cases.”

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