Catching Up With Iraq's New Journalists

Friday, March 15, 2013


As we were preparing this week's show, we wondered - what happened to the Iraqi fixers who we spoke to almost seven years ago? Brooke speaks to Ayub Nuri, Zeyad Kasim and Ali Fadhil about where their lives have taken them since we spoke to them in 2006.


Abdeslam Khaloufi - Mazen Dha Nahar el Youm


Ali Fadhil, Zeyad Kasim and Ayub Nuri

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Brooke Gladstone

Comments [1]

Chris Boese from Brooklyn

Boy, this is a hard story to hear. The damage inflicted on Iraqi society by that war will scar so many people, for so long.

These are very brave people. I was a coward, meaning I worked for a major US media outlet at the run-up to the Iraq War (low paid and unimportant), but I KNEW the case being made for that war was false and trumped up, but I was afraid to lose my job, so I hewed to the Pro-US party line of early 2003, and I'll live with that for the rest of my life.

No one threatened my life. No one threatened me with a gulag. I made a bad decision. I watched the outcome of all of our cowardly, bad decisions unfold. I did not break voice in my reporting/writing of on-air scripts (even if I had, it would have never made air, as copyeditors would have scrubbed truth out, even with meticulous sourcing, logic, reasoning). Truth was above my pay grade.

And that is NO excuse. I was a coward. Hundreds of thousands of people died in Iraq, many headless and tortured in the streets, bodies found in the mornings in Baghdad. I didn't do enough. None of us did enough.

Mar. 15 2013 09:02 PM

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