CNN Correspondent, BBC TV Team Expelled From Iraq
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) _ Iraq has expelled an American television journalist and a five-member British news team for reports it viewed offensive.
Rob Reynolds, a correspondent and producer for Cable News Network, and Jeremy Bowen, a correspondent for the British Broadcasting Corp., were ordered to leave Iraq on Wednesday along with Bowen’s four-member crew.
They arrived in Jordan Friday.
″They were upset with a report which included words that said it was clear that Saddam is channeling resources to the military,″ Bowen told The Associated Press.
Bowen said he appealed the expulsion, but Information Minister Youssef Hummadi turned him down.
The Iraqis indicated, however, they would allow another BBC crew into Baghdad, he said. Bowen said he traveled to Jordan with Reynolds.
″He has offended them as well,″ Bowen said of the CNN correspondent, refusing to be more specific.
Nur Sati, who works for the CNN in Amman, said Reynolds flew to London Friday, but she did not know the reason for his expulsion.
Steve Hayworth, a CNN spokesman in Atlanta, said ″the Iraqi government disagreed with one of Rob’s reports. We appealed the decision. Obviously that appeal was denied.″
Hayworth also said he did not know the nature of the report.
Another CNN correspondent, Brent Sadler, remained in Iraq.