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Monday, April 26, 2010

Committee to Protect Journalists Says Obama's FOIA Approach Needs "Teeth and Muscles"

The Committee to Protect Journalists says the Obama administration's Open Government Initiative needs "teeth and muscles if the new promise is to produce any better results" than previous administrations.

Citing failures of the military to be forthcoming about various incidents, including the 2007 New Baghdad shooting where U.S. forces fired on Iraqi civilians, killing many, including two Reuters journalists. After the website WikiLeaks posted a classified video online on April 5, the Pentagon posted a redacted assessment of the incident, concluding U.S. troops fired "in accordance with the law of armed conflict and rules of engagement."

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