The journalists who stayed in Baghdad, and those who left

Adam Tinworth
Adam Tinworth

Here’s an interesting titbit from today’s Snowmail, a useful little daily e-mail that Channel 4 news sends out every afternoon. This is from Lindsey Hilsum, their reporter in Baghdad.

I don’t know the exact numbers, but I think about half the journalists have left so there are about 100 of us remaining. All the major British broadcasters – ITV, Channel 4 News, Channel 5 News, the BBC and Sky – have
stayed, whereas most American networks have gone. A small team from CBS (neither of them American nationals) remain, and CNN is here too.

Many European TV channels are sticking it out. I’m sure we’ll all get to know each other very well in the coming days!

If you want real, on the ground reporting, turn to the British and European stations, folks.

Oh, and remember those brave reporters in your prayers. Our democracies would be much poorer if not for them.

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