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January 30, 2009

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Treatment of the press during early voting (for hospital staff, security personnel, and some prisoners) was a discouraging omen (h/t JaninSanFran):

According to a local organization to protect journalist rights, 64 journalists' rights were violated across the nation. In Basra, Babil and Anbar journalists were beaten or prevented from entering polling sites by security forces. Their camera equipment was confiscated and in many cases they were cursed at with foul language.

In the southern port city of Basra at Al Mina center where prisoners were voting, 15 journalists tried to cover the vote. They were beaten and guards cursed them as they forcibly confiscated or destroyed their equipment, the journalist association reported.

Somehow, I don't see that kind of dedication in our press. Most seem to prefer to have their press releases in electronic form to make it easier to cut and past.

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