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Tell Donald Rumsfeld That Journalists' Lives Matter

It has been over a year since journalists at the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad came under fire from U.S. forces on April 8, 2003. Two journalists were killed and three others wounded. In all, seven journalists have perished in four separate incidents of so-called ‚Äúfriendly fire‚Ä? by U.S. troops in Iraq since hostilities began in March 2003.
Add your name to the petition which will be presented to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and members of the House and Senate Armed Service Committees on the anniversary of the Palestine Hotel bombing.

* We, the undersigned, have not forgotten the sacrifice of those who gave their lives to report on the Iraq war and its aftermath.
* We call upon the Pentagon to make public the results of its own investigations.
* We again call for an independent investigation of so-called "friendly fire" incidents involving journalists and U.S. troops.
* We demand to know what steps, if any, have been taken by the U.S. government to reduce the likelihood that tragedies such as the Palestine Hotel will not occur in other conflicts.
* These actions are necessary to provide closure for the families and colleagues of those who died trying to tell the story in Iraq and to minimize the risk to media workers in the future.

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