The forgotten photographer jailed in Iraq

With all the fuss about the sailors/marines held in Iran for less than two weeks, and the much needed attention on BBC journalist, abducted in Gaza a month ago, you might not have heard about Bilal Hussein.

The photographer has been held in Iraq at a prison camp by the US – but has not been formally charged and the Pentagon simply asserts he has been detained under authority of U.N. resolutions and in accord with the Geneva Conventions.

He is considered a security threat although no evidence has been produced to support accusations.  Hussein is just one of many journalists, primarily Iraqis, who have been detained, but the only one currently held for such a long period.

Photographs taken by Hussein have been published globally and were part of AP’s -winning submission in 2005 – leading to accusations that he has been held because his images were not welcome by the US authorities.

Colleagues and serious news media are championing Hussein’s case – but it clearly hasn’t got the momentum of any British people held by other authorities. 

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Heather Yaxley PhD

Dr. Heather Yaxley is passionate about sustainable careers, reflective practice and professional development. I am a rhizomatic educator, practitioner, consultant, academic and scholar. As a qualified academic, I teach the CIPR professional qualifications with PR Academy and have experience teaching at various Universities. I run the Motor Industry Public Affairs Association (MIPAA) and my own strategic consultancy. I was awarded by PhD researching Career Strategies in Public Relations by Bournemouth University in 2017. I'm a published author, with books, chapters and academic papers to my name.

2 thoughts on “The forgotten photographer jailed in Iraq”

  1. I’m with you in spirit on this one, Heather – the US is more than culpable in many respects over there. However, on the question of this man, it might be that the US has been condemned automatically, by definition, as it were. How can we really know the ins and outs of it?

  2. You are right James – we cannot know, but when due process doesn’t seem to follow through, it isn’t surprising that questions are raised. The US needs to realise the importance of following through and proving a case since detention without trial seems wrong, whoever is doing it.

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