Another Journalist Dies

Ali Shafeya Al-Moussawi. You’ve never heard me mention that name before. I’ve never written the name before. Yet Ali was a colleague of mine. He was someone who participated as a correspondent for one of the greatest independent news reporting projects today: Alive in Baghdad.

Like everyone who works for AiB, he reported from Iraq about the reality of people’s lives there and what they were living through under a foreign occupation, being subject to all sorts of terrible acts by their own government, the US military, or the various other types of criminals one finds in Iraq. As an independent project, they receive no funds and do what they do at great personal risk as every jounalist knows full well that if they try to expose injustice and report about war crimes that they will often be targeted by the military.

Ali was killed yesterday. Reports say it was 31 bullets from the Iraqi national guard. The national guard that was trained by the US military. The national guard that is supposed to be for the good of the people, to protect freedom or whatever nationalist slogan they’ve adopted lately.

Ali’s murder is a tragedy to add on to this neverending list of tragedies. Perpetrated while the whole world COULD be watching, but lets be honest, most of the world isn’t watching, they’re probably Christmas shopping.

This post is to offer my heartfelt condolesces to a colleague that probably did not know I existed or how much his work meant to me. This post is also to renew my pledge as an independent internet based journalist and podcaster; I will not forget the importance of his work… and if I may be so bold as to compare… of our work… I will remember Ali.

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5 thoughts on “Another Journalist Dies

  • December 16, 2007 at 4:51 pm
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    I’m not a journalist; I’m barely a reader of AiB, having glanced at it in my feed reader once in a few weeks. But seeing such a senseless act of violence, such a deliberate murder… it’s painful. And wrong.

  • December 17, 2007 at 6:00 am
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    Horrible news.

    There isn’t an end to this. The nightmare of Iraq is one we Americans willfully created, for reasons so cynical and cruel and insane as to be unimaginable. From the outset we did not care one genuine wit about it and today, even with polls indicating a lack of support for the war, I doubt many Americans really give a shit about understanding the true nature of what they have allowed to happen in their name nor about expending the minimal energy in finding out such information.

    My low opinion of the populace at large is only exceeded by my low opinion of the major news media in this country. Is it truly an unstoppable monster at this point? From what I understand, most citizens inside the Soviet Union knew that what their media was telling them was lies. Here, outside of a few people I know, most people blindly accept whatever they are told by the TV and don’t even contemplate questioning it. Oddly, and damningly, the largest group that seems to do so in America believes that the media has a liberal/communist bent and so demand to be told more and more conservative/corporatist nonsense than what the regular sources provide.

    31 bullets? There really is no bottom to it.

    • December 17, 2007 at 7:33 am
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      thanks Chris. Im looking at these links now… I like.

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