The Committee to Protect Journalists
on Monday called for the U.S. military to free two journalists, one
held without charge in Iraq and the other, the media rights group said, detained
at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The New York-based group also demanded an explanation from the U.S. military
for holding a Reuters TV cameraman for eight months without charges until his
release on Sunday.
Samir Mohammed Noor, a 30-year-old Iraqi freelancer, was freed from military
custody after being held in Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison and then at Camp Bucca
in southern Iraq.
"Samir Mohammed Noor should not have been jailed for eight months without
charge, explanation, or due process," CPJ Executive Director Ann Cooper
said in a statement.
"The military owes an explanation for this open-ended and unsubstantiated
detention," she said. "U.S. officials should also credibly explain
the basis for the other detentions or release those journalists immediately,"
The CPJ said the military continued to hold without charge at least one journalist
in Iraq and another at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, where the United
States keeps foreign detainees captured in its war against terrorism.
The military does not confirm the names of most of those detained at Guantanamo.
Abdul Ameer Younis Hussein, an Iraqi cameraman working for CBS News, was taken
into custody after being wounded by fire from U.S. forces as he filmed clashes
in Mosul in northern Iraq on April 5 last year, the CPJ said.
It said Sami Muhyideen al-Haj, a 35-year-old Sudanese national and assistant
cameraman for Al-Jazeera, was detained by Pakistani forces after he and an Al-Jazeera
reporter tried to re-enter southern Afghanistan at a border crossing in Pakistan
in December 2001 and was being held in Guantanamo.
Two Reuters journalists from the Iraqi city of Ramadi, cameraman Ali al-Mashhadani
and reporter Majed Hameed, who also works for Al-Arabiya television, were freed
on January 15 after five and four months in custody in Iraq respectively.