Reuters Iraq bureau chief threatened, denounced over story; leaves Iraq

Shia militias are viewed by Sunnis and Kurds as a force above the law, unable to be controlled by the Iraqi government [AFP]. Source.

(Reuters) – The Baghdad bureau chief for Reuters has left Iraq after he was threatened on Facebook and denounced by a Shi’ite paramilitary group’s satellite news channel in reaction to a Reuters report last week that detailed lynching and looting in the city of Tikrit.

The threats against journalist Ned Parker began on an Iraqi Facebook page run by a group that calls itself “the Hammer” and is believed by an Iraqi security source to be linked to armed Shi’ite groups. The April 5 post and subsequent comments demanded he be expelled from Iraq. One commenter said that killing Parker was “the best way to silence him, not kick him out.”

Three days later, a news show on Al-Ahd, a television station owned by Iranian-backed armed group Asaib Ahl al-Haq, broadcast a segment on Parker that included a photo of him. The segment accused the reporter and Reuters of denigrating Iraq and its government-backed forces, and called on viewers to demand Parker be expelled.

The pressure followed an April 3 report by Parker and two colleagues detailing human rights abuses in Tikrit after government forces and Iranian-backed militias liberated the city from the Islamic State extremist group. Two Reuters journalists in the city witnessed the lynching of an Islamic State fighter by Iraqi federal police. The report also described widespread incidents of looting and arson in the city, which local politicians blamed on Iranian-backed militias.

A Reuters spokeswoman said the agency stood by the accuracy and fairness of its report. Facebook, acting on a request from Reuters, removed a series of threatening posts this week…

  • Millie_Woods

    Reuters is a leftist hack outfit. Their ‘journalists’ like to travel with the U.S. military because they can run down the soldiers who lay their lives on the line every day, safe in the knowledge that they will be protected anyway. But when it’s his life on the line he runs away.

    • They have a wretched reputation, deservedly so.

      • Frau Katze

        But he still had to flee the country. Insufficient groveling.

  • winniec

    The Shi’ite militias are preparing to commit massive human rights violations and crimes against humanity by slaughtering every Sunnite between Baghdad and Damascus. They want no one to observe them.

    • Millie_Woods

      Reuters has a blind spot for real human rights violations and atrocities. They seem to think their job is to police western militaries and amplify each mistake and misstep into an atrocity. That’s been their recent history.

  • simus1

    arab shia or sunni mobs with rifles tend to be undisciplined free spirits – while they are winning.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Not to worry. Jews will be blamed. Problem solved.