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Appeal for US Held Photographer

Associated Press is appealing for the release of one of its photographers held by US forces reports mediainfo.com

Bilal Hussein, a regular freelance for AP has been held by U.S. military officials in Iraq for more than six months without being charged. Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll has called on news organizations, especially those that use AP services, to increase their attention on imprisoned Hussein who has worked for the organisation since 2004.

She said “Here is someone who has brought you pictures, images from a critical part of Iraq, who has now been in U.S. military custody for six and a half months, not charged with a crime, not charged with anything, but told he will be held indefinitely because his pictures are unwelcome.”

Hussein, an Iraq native, was picked up by military officials in Ramadi on April 12 and initially held at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison before being susequently moved to Camp Cropper, Baghdad.

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