Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Wednesday, April 09, 2003

Iraqi militia are attacking journalists too.

Seven journalists were beaten, robbed and narrowly escaped lynching at the hands of Iraqi militia in central Baghdad, a Portuguese journalist reported on Wednesday.

"We narrowly escaped being lynched," Carlos Fino of the Portuguese channel RTP said. "We were beaten with rifle butts and fists."

He said that the group of one Bulgarian and six Portuguese journalists were attacked while travelling by car three kilometres from the Palestine hotel where most foreign journalists are staying.

They were forced to stop by armed Iraqi militiamen who robbed them of much of their equipment and money, Fino said, adding that only the intervention of a Baath party member prevented the journalists being lynched.

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