The bombers do not need TV to give them information about their attacks - they know very well what they have achieved
One expert said: "It's true first responders are occasionally the target of follow-on attacks, and journalists are among the first responders. But on the basis of that argument, there should no emergency response of any kind -- silly -- halting attacks on first responders.
"What's been unspoken by Iraqi officials is the suspicion of anyone with a camera at an attack site. Since insurgents and terrorists routinely videotape their attacks, a cameraman seen at attack site soon after the attack runs the risk of being fired upon and/or detained as a suspected bad guy. Ultimately, however, in my view, this is much more of a press freedom matter than a safety issue."
Another commented: "If the government were really that concerned about the safety of journalists, it would provide better protection for the papers, magazines and TV stations that have been repeatedly targeted for attack by gunmen. The main cause of death for journalists in Baghdad has been targeted assassination, not secondary explosions at bombing sites."
INSI has recorded the deaths of 201 journalists and other news professionals since the invasion of Iraq in March 2003. The great majority of the victims have been Iraqis, murdered because of their work, and no one has been brought to justice.
"Whatever the reason for this latest restriction of news coverage in Iraq, it is clear it has nothing to do with the safety of journalists," said INSI Director Rodney Pinder. "The Iraqi government has a duty to protect and defend journalists, who form the cornerstone of any democracy, and this action does not address that issue in a serious way."
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