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Bilal Hussein.

Eddie Mair | 15:12 UK time, Tuesday, 20 November 2007

This is him.


We're talking about him in the programme tonight. This is how Reuters reports the story: (by the way we may post examples of Mr Hussein's work shortly)

"WASHINGTON, Nov 19 (Reuters) - The U.S. military will recommend criminal charges in Iraqi courts against an award-winning Associated Press photographer it accused of working with insurgents, the Pentagon said on Monday. The military will present evidence against Bilal Hussein, an Iraqi, to Iraq's Central Criminal Court this month, Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said. Morrell would not discuss the evidence against Hussein, who
has been held by the U.S. military since April 2006. In a statement, the AP called for the immediate release of
the photographer, who was part of an AP photo team that won a Pulitzer prize in 2005. The U.S. military previously said Hussein was detained for possessing materials for roadside bombs, insurgent propaganda and a surveillance photo of a coalition installation. "Since his detention, additional evidence has come to light that makes it clearer than before that Mr. Hussein is a terrorist media operative who infiltrated the AP," Morrell said."

His bosses at AP take a very different view. I've been hearing from the President of Associated Press and its Chief Operating Officer, Tom Curley.

This is his Pulitzer Prize winning photo:



  1. At 04:09 PM on 20 Nov 2007, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    I thought America only held folk for two days...

    Namaste -ed

    Life is like a diaper -- short and loaded.

  2. At 05:05 PM on 20 Nov 2007, Stewart M wrote:

    What about Guantanamo Ed?

  3. At 05:55 PM on 20 Nov 2007, Joanna Strangwayes-Booth wrote:

    Has no-one apart from Money Box picked up that the Police are no longer required (a recent Act of Parliament) to investigate identity theft? It's up to the banks. 25m people are in for a tough time.

  4. At 07:18 PM on 20 Nov 2007, Chris Ghoti wrote:

    My immediate response with nothing more of the story to go on was, "Could this possibly be something to do with the mantra 'anyone who isn't with us is against us'?" I started to wonder about the content of the story that won the AP that particular Pullitzer: what else did the AP people go taking pictures of that upset the folk who've got Bilal Hussein in prison?

    Ed, it is the US military holding him, so they can do whatever they want and the idea of not holding people without charge is risible. Sorry. (Oh, was that a trick question? Sorry again...)

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