WRAP US military mistakenly killed Reuters cameraman, plus Hebron rally

(18 Aug 2003)

Abu Ghraib – 17 August 2003
1. Various footage from Mazen Dana’s camera of Abu Ghraib prison
2. Tanks coming down the road, shots ring out and camera falls to ground

Hebron, West Bank – File
3. Still photo of Dana
4. Dana nursing facial wound

Baghdad, Iraq, 18 August 2003
5. Exterior of Reuters offices in Baghdad
6. Reuters logo on vehicle parked outside offices
7. Set up shot of Nael al-Shyoukhi – centre – with colleagues
8. SOUNDBITE: (English) Nael al-Shyoukhi, Reuters cameraman:
“I saw Mazen. He screamed one time and he was putting his hand on his chest. Fall down on the ground. And so I start screaming at him, you know, I saw him bleeding. I look at the American soldiers around us and I spoke to the same soldier who shot him. Why did you shoot him you know? We are with television. You see him with a camera, why did you shoot him? I told him, ‘You shot him. Please stop the bleeding. He is bleeding too much. He was bleeding too much from the back. You shot him now you help him. Stop the bleeding’. Waited a few minutes and a medical doctor came from one of the… from an APC. They start taking first aid but he was already too much… he was already in his last moments, you know.”
9. Cut away to injured arm in bandage
10. SOUNDBITE: (English) Nael al-Shyoukhi, Reuters cameraman:
“It was completely quiet and normal. I will .. I don’t understand why they start shooting at us. I don’t know. It was his last day in Baghdad. He was supposed to go to Amman, meet with his wife and children for a wedding. For his nephew in Amman.”
11. Set up shot
12. SOUNDBITE: (English) Lt. Kate Noble, coalition spokeswoman:
“What I can tell you is that last night an individual was engaged and unfortunately killed by the coalition forces in the vicinity of Abu Ghraib prison. That individual was later identified as a reporter. The individual was later transported to the 28th Combat Support Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. At this stage I can’t give out any more information than that. His name is being withheld pending notification of his next of kin. And that incident is under investigation.”
13. Exterior of building

Hebron, 18 August 2003
14. Wide of procession of cars
15. Cars slowly driving accompanied by crowd
16. Mourners carrying posters reading “Both occupations kill”
17. Various of mourners carrying a stretcher with cameras on it and poster in English reading “Don’t kill the truth”
18. Mourners carrying the Palestinian flag with the photo of Mazen Dana
18. Crowd making their way to the TIPH (Temporary International Presence in Hebron) office


Fellow journalists accused U.S. troops of negligence in the shooting death of a Reuters cameraman, saying it was clear the victim was a newsman when soldiers on two tanks opened fire.

Mazen Dana, 41, was shot and killed by U.S. soldiers Sunday while videotaping near a U.S.-run prison on the outskirts of Baghdad.

The U.S. Army said its soldiers mistook his camera for a rocket-propelled grenade launcher.

The film Dana shot showed a tank driving toward him. Six shots were heard, and the camera appeared to tilt forward and drop to the ground after the first shot.

Dana was working outside the Abu Ghraib prison after a mortar attack there Sunday in which six prisoners were killed and about 60 wounded.

Witnesses said Dana was dressed in civilian clothes.

At the Reuters headquarters in Baghdad, the mood was gloomy, and journalists from different organisations converged to express condolences.

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