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[ This message has been sent to you via the CASI-analysis mailing list ] To pick up on a number of points here. >-the Baghdad Bulletin team share printer with the US administration - not >true at all. In fact the American administration was on more hostile than >friendly terms with the Baghdad Bulletin staff. > I don't know which printer Baghdad Bulletin were using, but the US were using local Iraqi printers to print their first new laws, banning guns and the Ba'ath party. Which is almost amusing in hindsight. I know because I went to the printers with one of the Al Muajaha journalists who were trying to get their paper out and found it held up by the mass production of this publication. >The Baghdad Bulletin has now been forced to close down as security became >incontrolable and one of the papers contributers, Richard Wild was shot. The paper did not shut down until some time after Richard's death, who was in fact a TV cameraman, I'm not sure what he contributed to the Baghdad Bulletin, he had only been there ten days. They did run an obituary. >- The Baghdad Bulletin staff are not listening to the Iraqi's or letting >them express themselves - When in fact half of the staff were Iraqi, and >the paper was printed both in English and Arabic. > The Baghdad Bulletin was never in English and Arabic, Al Muajaha was the only bi lingual paper produced at that time. >-the Baghdad Bulletin team are there to eanr 'a bit of dosh'- in fact the >team paid for every issue of the paper from money each and every writer had >saved up. Hmm, I understood they recieved something between $25 - 50,000 to get started. And were paid for the work they did. In comparison Al Muajaha, an iragi run independent newspaper, recieved about $10,000 for various donations. This newspaper had editorial support from Ramzi Kysia, an arab american who had been part of voices in the wilderness. They recieved no salary at all, which soon became unfeasable for peole who really wanted to work on the paper full time. Al Muajaha collapsed through a lack of funds and expertise. It was offered financial support from the CPA which was refused as it would have meant publishing US press releases and handing the finished copy over the CPA to be taken to the printers. It could have done with an experienced editor to take control from the beginning. Although Al Muajaha people still have the equipment and the intention to relaunch at some point.. perhaps with funding and expert help. I doubt that will happen with the Baghdad Bulletin. I made a documentary about the struggles of Al Muajaha, and remember all the frustrations about the lack of funding. You can see it profiled here. http://www.journeyman.tv/?lid=12363 I don't ever see a case for removing people's opinion, it is always that and freedom of expression is an important element of debate. > >Today's Topics: > > 1. Baghdad Bulletin - a reply (Mike Lewis) > >--__--__-- > >Message: 1 >From: Mike Lewis <firstname.lastname@example.org> >To: email@example.com >Date: 15 Jul 2004 13:24:30 +0100 >Subject: [casi-analysis] Baghdad Bulletin - a reply > >[posted by list manager at request of sender] > >Dear list manager, > > > > > >--__--__-- > >_______________________________________ >Sent via the CASI-analysis mailing list >To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-analysis >All postings are archived on CASI's website at http://www.casi.org.uk > >End of CASI-analysis Digest > _______________________________________ Sent via the CASI-analysis mailing list To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-analysis All postings are archived on CASI's website at http://www.casi.org.uk