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CPJ calls U.S. detention of Ibrahim Jassam unjust

Ibrahim Jassam's photo is shown by his father in Baghdad. (Reuters/Thaier al-Sudani)CPJ called on U.S. military forces to charge or release journalist Ibrahim Jassam, who has been imprisoned in Iraq for one year as of today. Jassam, a freelance cameraman and photographer working for Reuters, has not been charged with a crime, and no evidence against him has ever been disclosed. U.S. forces have made only vague assertions that he is a "threat." Our statement follows: 

"The year-long detention of Ibrahim Jassam without charge or due process is not only unjust it also undermines the ability of the U.S. government to effectively advocate for press freedom around the world," said CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon.

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