Progress in hunt for missing media workers

first_imgNews IraqMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders said today it was encouraged by progress in a British military police enquiry into the fate of two missing media workers – French cameraman Frédéric Nérac and Lebanese interpreter Hussein Osman, of the British TV network ITN – six months after they vanished without trace after being caught in shooting between US Marines and Iraqi forces near Basra, in southern Iraq, on 22 March.British forces, who are in charge of the area, opened an official investigation in June and are now conducting searches and taking evidence from witnesses. They have not yet found solid indication of what happened to the pair, but US officials are now being helpful and France is cooperating with the enquiry. Nérac’s wife Fabienne Nérac is available for interview by journalists and can be contacted through Reporters Without Borders at +33 (0)1.4483-8484.A team of four non-“embedded” ITN journalists, including Nérac and Osman, were caught in the shooting on the second day of the US-British invasion of Iraq. British star reporter Terry Lloyd was killed, probably by US gunfire, and his colleague, Belgian cameraman Daniel Demoustier, who was in the same jeep (marked “TV”) was wounded. Demoustier hid in a ditch and was then taken to Kuwait by a passing British journalist. Nérac, 43, and Osman, 28, who were driving another vehicle, also marked “TV,” vanished without trace. US Secretary of State Colin Powell personally promised Nérac’s wife at a Brussels press conference on 3 April that US officials would find out what had happened.The two men’s journalists’ cards were found at Baath party offices in Al-Zubair, about 20 kms south of Baghdad, on 7 May. British authorities at first refused to make an official enquiry, saying ITN should first provide evidence that a war crime had been committed. But they relented in late May and began investigating in early June. Progress is being made in the enquiry into what happened to Frenchcameraman Frédéric Nérac and Lebanese interpreter Hussein Osman, both of the British TV network ITN, who disappeared in southern Iraq two days after the start of the US-British invasion six months ago. No solid clues have been found by British military investigators but searches are under way and US forces are now cooperating. News RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” RSF_en News February 15, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Iraq Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan to go further Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Organisation December 28, 2020 Find out more News IraqMiddle East – North Africa September 19, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Progress in hunt for missing media workers December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

The Color Purple Tony Winner Cynthia Erivo Sparkles at Aladdin’s London Opening

first_img Cynthia Erivo In addition to that well-deserved Tony Award, The Color Purple’s Cynthia Erivo should also receive an award for Girlfriend of the Year. After the whirlwind that is Tony weekend, the London native took a magic carpet ride across the pond to catch her beau Dean John-Wilson star in Aladdin. Erivo attended the shining, shimmering, splendid West End opening night on June 15. Though fans will miss her while she is away from The Color Purple through June 19, the vocal powerhouse (and half-marathon runner) has definitely earned some rest and relaxation. After all, she brought the audience at the Beacon Theatre to their feet on Sunday. For those in the West End, catch Erivo’s boyfriend in Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre. (He makes a dashing Prince Ali!)  View Comments Cynthia Erivo at Aladdin Opening Night, Prince Edward Theatre(Photo: David Tett. © Disney) Star Fileslast_img read more