April 10, 2003

Media Pays $200,000 in Ba'a...

Media Pays $200,000 in Ba'athist Bribes?: John Daniszewski, an L.A. Times correspondent who has been doing good work from Iraq, files a diary of his historic April 9. A little section that caught my eye:

Western reporters here have always tried to get access to people in private to hear their stories, but almost every conversation was monitored. Government-assigned minders, drivers, hotel staff and security agents were all required to report daily on reporters' activities. Even if you somehow eluded such supervision, Iraqis in private were almost always too intimidated to speak with candor.

The government charged for these minders. In fact, the director general of the information ministry had threatened to shut down the foreign television networks Tuesday night unless they paid up so-called service fees. He collected $200,000 in cash and disappeared.

Posted by at April 10, 2003 11:16 AM
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April 10, 2003

Media Pays $200,000 in Ba'a...

Media Pays $200,000 in Ba'athist Bribes?: John Daniszewski, an L.A. Times correspondent who has been doing good work from Iraq, files a diary of his historic April 9. A little section that caught my eye:

Western reporters here have always tried to get access to people in private to hear their stories, but almost every conversation was monitored. Government-assigned minders, drivers, hotel staff and security agents were all required to report daily on reporters' activities. Even if you somehow eluded such supervision, Iraqis in private were almost always too intimidated to speak with candor.

The government charged for these minders. In fact, the director general of the information ministry had threatened to shut down the foreign television networks Tuesday night unless they paid up so-called service fees. He collected $200,000 in cash and disappeared.

Posted by at April 10, 2003 11:16 AM
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