Hunter S Thompson's last words found on typewriter

AMERICA

The eldest son of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was trying to
topple his father when US troops were advancing towards Baghdad in
March 2003 according to American journalist Peter Arnett. Arnett
published a statement in the April issue of Playboy magazine, which
said Uday was planning to overthrow his father, the man that had
controlled Iraq for 35 years, and that Uday succeeded in gaining the
support of Saddam’s militia.

During 18 months of research, Arnett was able to penetrate Uday’s inner circle and collected information. Anadolu News Agency

COLORADO

Hunter Thompson’s body was found in a chair in the kitchen in front
of his typewriter with the word “counselor” typed in the center of the
page, according to sheriff’s reports.The word was typed on stationery
from the Fourth Amendment Foundation, which was started to defend
victims of unwarranted search and seizure, according to police reports.
It was not known what, if any, significance the word had to the founder
of “gonzo” journalism or to his family. startribune.com

FRANCE

The French authorities have called on Didier Julia, a lawmaker who
was asked for help by the kidnapped journalist in a video plea, to help
them in a bid to free the hostage from Iraq. Julia has said he is ready
to respond to Florence Aubenas’ plea only if the government lifts a
criminal investigation against him and his associates for their botched
attempt to intervene in an hostage crisis. 

Aubenas, a French female journalist of the Liberation newspaper missing seven weeks ago in Iraq, www.chinaview.cn

ROME

Giuliana Sgrena, the hostage whose life Calipari saved, said it was
possible the car she and Calipari were riding in was targeted
deliberately because the United States opposes Italy’s policy of
negotiating with kidnappers. White House spokesman Scott McClellan
rejected that suggestion. Sgrena said Calipari died shielding her. She
offered no evidence to support her claim that the attack was
deliberate, and in an interview published in Monday’s edition of the
daily Corriere della Sera, she said she does not know what led to the
attack. CBC

IRAQ

Koïchiro Matsuura, the Director-General of UNESCO, has condemned the
murder in Iraq of Ms Raeda Mohammed Wageh Wazzan, a journalist at the
regional public television station Iraqiya , voicing outrage at a crime
against an innocent person and an unacceptable attack on the basic
human right of freedom of expression. “I cannot find words strong
enough to condemn the cold-blooded murder of Raeda Mohammed Wageh
Wazzan,” the Director- General declared. “I have great admiration for
the courage of media professionals working in Iraq; they are committed
professionals who take enormous personal risks to provide the Iraqi
public with information they need to exercise their democratic rights
and duties.” UNESCO

CUBA

Independent journalist Carlos Brizuela has been freed from a Cuban
prison after serving a three-year sentence. Brizuela worked at an
independent news agency in the eastern city of Camaguey before his
arrest. He was sentenced to three years in prison in April of 2002 for
disobedience and irreverence toward President Fidel Castro.In a news
release, the Paris-based advocacy group, Reporters Without Borders,
said, “We welcome the news of his release and we hope he will be able
to go back to work as a journalist without being harassed by the
authorities. We have not forgotten that 21 other Cuban journalists
continue to be imprisoned just for doing their job”. The group said it
would continue fighting for their releases. Reporters Without Borders

INDIA

An armed gang looted a local journalist’s house in Iqbal Town. The
three men stopped Rana Naveed outside home after he returned from work.
They held his family at gunpoint and escaped with cash, jewellery and
other valuables worth hundreds of thousands of rupees. They also
tranquillised Naveed’s pet dog and took it with them. .Times of India

PHILIPPINES

Filipino Journalist Arnulfo Villanueva, a columnist on the newspaper
Asian Star Express Balita, has been shot dead, the first journalist to
be killed in 2005. Six more have had death threats or suffered brutal
attack since the start of the year. Reporters Without Borders
expressed indignation and alarm at this latest killing and the run of
attacks and urged interior and local government secretary Angelo Reyes
to protect journalists and ensure that a thorough investigation
established the reasons for the murder. Reporters Without Borders

BAKU

The murder of Monitor magazine’s editor Elmar Guseinov was intended
to discredit the country’s leadership, said Azerbaijani President Ilham
Aliyev. The president said that in conditions of public and political
stability, the murder of a journalist in Baku is a serious attack on
the state and its leadership and a blow against Azerbaijan Interfax-Azerbaijan

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