Oct. 20, 2004 – Under pressure from two Western news outlets, the Pentagon is reportedly considering reopening an investigation into the alleged abuse of four Iraqi media workers arrested in January. The Iraqis, who worked for Reuters and NBC and were picked up by US soldiers while filming a helicopter crash site, say US soldiers threatened, abused and humiliated them while they were held for 60 hours.
One of the journalists, Reuters cameraman Salem Ureibi, told the New York Times that soldiers jabbed a pen up his nose. Another Iraqi, driver Sattar Jabar, said soldiers made him put his fingers into his own anus and then into his nostrils. All four said soldiers photographed them while forcing them to do push-ups maneuvers simulating sexual intercourse.
After Reuters sent the transcript of separate interviews it conducted with its three employees just after their release, the Pentagon replied that it had conducted an inquiry into the claims but that none of the soldiers involved "admit or report knowledge of any physical abuse or torture."