Free Junis Kuthair!
IRAQI JOURNALIST HELD IN ABU GHRAIB PRISON SINCE SEPTEMBER 2003
Junis was a freelance cameraman and contact for London-based
Insider Films. His footage has been used by many international news organisations
including Channel 4 and ITN. At 3am on 24 September 2003 his home was raided by
US troops, who detained him and his brothers. No reason has been given for his
detention at the same time the coalition was victimising the Al Jazeera and Al
Arabia news networks. Many Arab cameramen were shot dead during this period.
Junis' family had not been allowed to visit him since his arrest. There has
been no word from Junis or his captors other than an admission that they are
Ironically Junis was previously held in Abu Ghraib for six months by the
Saddam regime, for writing mildly subversive poetry.
As a journalist Junis was very concerned with accurately reporting the truth.
He investigated the infamous fire fight between US forces and Iraqi police in
Fallujah. He also took it upon himself to investigate the murder of British
journalist Richard Wild.
Junis has done nothing wrong: his only crime is to be a journalist in an
illegally occupied country. We demand his immediate release.
DEMONSTRATE MONDAY 24 MAY
11 am- 1pm AMERICAN EMBASSY
(Grosvenor Square W1 - Tube Bond St)
Called by NUJ London Freelance Branch
All welcome. Bring banners and imagination.