Prize Winning AP Photographer Jailed in Iraq

“We believe Bilal’s crime was taking photographs the U.S. government did not want its citizens to see. That he was part of a team of AP photographers who had just won a Pulitzer Prize for work in Iraq may have made Bilal even more of a marked man.”

Bilal has been imprisoned by the U.S. military in Iraq since he was picked up April 12, 2006, in Ramadi, a violent town in a turbulent province where few Western journalists dared go. The military claimed then that he had suspicious links to insurgents. This week, Editor & Publisher magazine reported the military has amended that to say he is, in fact, a “terrorist” who had “infiltrated the AP.”

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  1. says

    Wow. That’s amazing. Not really hard to believe, but shocking nonetheless. Thank you for posting this story. It’s important people know what’s going on over there. Scary to think that photography could be so dangerous.