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Charge or Release AP Photog Held by Military, IAPA Demands

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Charge or Release AP Photog Held by Military, IAPA Demands

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The U.S. government should either charge Associated Press photographer Bilal Hussein or release him from the military prison in Iraq, the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) insisted Tuesday.

In a resolution adopted at the concluding day of its annual General Assembly in Miami, IAPA said the government "should offer him an opportunity to defend himself, and provide the public with the information the military claims links him to insurgent activities."

Hussein has been held without charges since April 2006. In its "country report" on the United States, the association noted that while Hussein has been accused of taking photos in Iraq that were "synchronized" with an insurgent bombing, an AP examination of 900 of his photos showed "no indication he was at the scene before the explosions took place."

News organizations should also be permitted, to the extent possible under U.S. law, to cover hearings or tribunals of prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, IAPA said. …

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