Thursday, July 11, 2002

Detained U.S. Journalist Held As Unlawful Combatant in Liberia

Why is this story so under-reported here?

From Dan Dodson, Media Affairs Director of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers:

"Of perfect irony, a reporter in Liberia has been "detained" as an "unlawful combatant," accused of aiding a "terrorist organization" and is being held incommunicado! The U.S. State Department has issued a statement, but apparently not much more.

In a related news story, the Liberian Government's "defense" is that they are treating Bility [the reporter] the same as the US is treating "unlawful combatants" and so, cannot understand the fuss.

Who's covering the story here? As far as we can tell, only the Christian Science Monitor. Reuters has covered it a little, and Agence France-Presse is on top of it."

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