Zoriah: Iraq War Diary -- public commentary

The following is a bit of the commentary that came in through Lightstalkers following the news that Zoriah's photographs of the suicide bombing had resulted in him being removed from Iraq by the military. I am posting it here to keep everyone informed. Zoriah is now on his way back to the United States, where several news organizations plan on interviewing him about his experiences in Iraq and the events that transpired after his photographs were published. I will post updates as he passes them along.

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Zoriah: Iraq War Diary gets him kicked out of Iraq

Just read this….really disappointing, to say the least. Zoriah was doing important work.

by M. Scott Brauer | 02 Jul 2008 23:07 | Nanjing, China |

that is too too bad…his work was powerful, intense, real, as were the words and his diary…..

The following is a bit of the commentary that came in through Lightstalkers following the news that Zoriah's photographs of the suicide bombing had resulted in him being removed from Iraq by the military. I am posting it here to keep everyone informed. Zoriah is now on his way back to the United States, where several news organizations plan on interviewing him about his experiences in Iraq and the events that transpired after his photographs were published. I will post updates as he passes them along.

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Zoriah: Iraq War Diary gets him kicked out of Iraq

Just read this….really disappointing, to say the least. Zoriah was doing important work.

by M. Scott Brauer | 02 Jul 2008 23:07 | Nanjing, China |

that is too too bad…his work was powerful, intense, real, as were the words and his diary…..

that’s just too bad for all of us, concerning is dis=embedding…

thanks for sharing, i hadnt seen the news until now…

b

by Bob Black | 03 Jul 2008 00:07 | Toronto, Canada |

sad sad sad… but what to expect? when someone finally had the guts and powers to show the rest of the world the real deal of what is happening, they are getting expelled by a micromanaging military authority that doesnt want the world to see what they do for a “living”.

agree with all of you. zoriah`s work was strong stuff. obviously too strong for some…

by marius sortland myklebust | 03 Jul 2008 01:07 | Wellington, New Zealand |

i almost got thrown out of one unit for similar pics. I didn’t have any of dead or wounded US grunts though. Ironically it was pics of dead Muj Cong that almost got me booted. Thankfully a wise PAO and BCT commander came to my defense.

Great stuff, Zoriah. Tragic and amazing. Be safe.

by Bill Putnam | 03 Jul 2008 01:07 | Washington, DC, United States |

I must say Bill, I really admire you guys for having the guts to go there and bring the info out, and, for challenging the authorities in which you are embedded under.

I think alot more photogs in situations like Zoriah would like to bring out photos like that, or may even have them. but, no one will publish it, or they face expelling or so… the pictures are too real… am I right?

cheers!

by marius sortland myklebust | 03 Jul 2008 06:07 | Wellington, New Zealand |

Thank you all for your support and kind comments. Yes, I do believe that many other photographers are sitting on amazing images from this war. Possibly afraid of getting banned from an embed or blacklisted completely and forced out of the work they survive on, it is a bad situation to be put in. I am happy to stand firm on this issue and allow myself to get kicked out in hopes that this may allow another photographer to keep their camera out in a bad situation and get those images to the public’s eyes…where they belong.

I am currently awaiting a decision from Petraeus (I hear) to find out if I am going to be blacklisted completely.

by Zoriah | 04 Jul 2008 09:07 | Baghdad, Iraq |

Says a lot about you, Zoriah (respect!) and the government…

by eva m k | 04 Jul 2008 13:07 | Tuscany, Italy |

Anyword from the palace, Zoriah?

by Bill Putnam | 05 Jul 2008 16:07 | Washington, DC, United States |

Your an amazing man, but one idle question. So where do you go from here? Feel free not to answer.

Tim

by Tim Hodge | 05 Jul 2008 17:07 | NY, NY, United States |

Thanks so much to all of you for the support. I will be posting soon about the situation here, just waiting for a few things to get worked out. I guess I should go back into that post from a few months ago about censorship in embeds and change my official comment on the subject!

Tim:

I have a million other projects lined up all around the world, I never planned on spending even this much time embedded, so there will not be any problems. I have projects in Afghanistan, Burma, Palestine, Eastern and Western Europe, Scandinavia and the States set up during the coming five months.

I will however continue to fight this and stand up for the rights of myself, everyone who is still trying to work here and those of you who may want to come here at some other point. We can not tolerate people telling us what to shoot…we owe the public to stand up for such things!

They put their hand in front of the wrong lens…

by Zoriah | 06 Jul 2008 13:07 | Baghdad, Iraq |

Z -

Don’t let em see you sweat, man.

Cheers,

Bill.

by Bill Putnam | 06 Jul 2008 15:07 | Washington, DC, United States |

Keep up the good/important work Zoriah.Dont let them screw you.

by Graeme Jennings | 06 Jul 2008 22:07 | Washington DC, United States |

yep, keep up. and if you`re in the vicinity of oslo, norway between oct-jan, beers on me ;)

by marius sortland myklebust | 07 Jul 2008 01:07 | Wellington, New Zealand |

Keep up the goof fight, Zoriah.

by Aaron J. Heiner | 07 Jul 2008 01:07 | Frederick, United States |

Really frustrating to hear this news, Zoriah. Thanks for keeping us all posted.

by Peter van Agtmael | 07 Jul 2008 02:07 | Paris, France |

ited States | Really frustrating to hear this news, Zoriah. Thanks for keeping us all posted. by Peter van Agtmael | 07 Jul 2008 02:07 | Paris, France |

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