United States: Detains TV journalist in secret. Reporters Sans Frontieres has urged the US government to explain why a cameraman for Arab satellite channel al-Jazeera is still being held at a US naval base in Cuba nine months after his arrest. Sudanese Sami al-Haj, who had been sent to cover the US military operation in Afghanistan for the Qatar-based TV station, was arrested near the Pakistan border last December and has since sent messages to his wife saying he is at Guantanamo Bay.
Al-Jazeera has confirmed one of its employees is being held at the camp and said Mr Al-Haj's passport was lost in 2000 and may have been used fraudulently by other people.
"It is now in their (the US government's) interest to break their silence in the case." said the RSF general secretary, Robert Menard, in a letter to the US attorney general John Ashcroft. "...we think this continued silence is especially unfortunate because it could be seen as an intention to harass al-Jazeera, which has already been the target of US State Department pressure."
The TV station revealed on 16 September that the US embassy in Qatar promised to ask the US state department for details about Mr al-Haj's detention. However, al-Jazeera has not heard from the embassy since and has not received any replies to its letters.
Guardian Media report.