Anchorage Daily News
News Classifieds Marketplace Services Around Alaska Specials
Alaska News

Today's ads

Search ads

Place an ad
Transportation

Employment

Real Estate
Restaurants

Directory

Alaska stores
Visitors Guide

Wild City

Fishing Guide
Iditarod

Photo Galleries

Editors' Picks


Top Story

Alaska AP

Nation

World

Photos

Space Shuttle

Iraq

Politics

Business

Technology

Sports

NHL Playoffs

NBA Playoffs

Auto Racing

Entertainment

Health & Science
Opinions

Weird News

Home



Search
in today's news





 Previous days' news

 Advanced search




Editors' Picks

Read adn.com's best recent stories.

Top Ten Stories

See which stories other readers are sending to their friends.

Crossword

Play our interactive puzzle online.

ALASKA.com

Get information on travel, relocation and entertainment. The business directory allows you to locate stores and services statewide.

School News

Find your child's classroom in SchoolNews. Also, learn about Newspapers in Education.

Community News

Check our free Web sites for non-profit groups.









PRINTER VERSION | E-MAIL STORY | ADD STORY TO PDA


Entertainment

Expanded Entertainment:

Pentagon expels CSM reporter from Iraq for allegedly revealing location
Copyright 2003 Nando Media
Copyright 2003 AP Online


The Christian Science Monitor

The Associated Press

BOSTON (March 27, 2:45 p.m. AST) - A reporter for The Christian Science Monitor has been ordered out of Iraq after the Pentagon said he revealed the location of a Marine unit during a television interview.

Philip Smucker, a freelance reporter for the Monitor and The Daily Telegraph of London, was not embedded but joined the First Marine Division on Sunday, along with a Monitor photographer.

Smucker reported the unit's location Wednesday during an interview on CNN, according to the Pentagon.

"My understanding of the facts at this point from the commander on the ground is that this reporter was reporting, in real time, positions, locations and activities of units engaged in combat," Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said in a statement to the Monitor. "The commander felt it was necessary and appropriate to remove (Smucker) from his immediate battle space in order not to compromise his mission or endanger personnel of his unit."

Monitor Editor Paul Van Slambrouck wrote in an editorial posted on the newspaper's Web site Thursday that Smucker did not reveal any information not already available.

"We have read the transcript of the CNN interview and it does not appear to us that he disclosed anything that wasn't already widely available in maps and in U.S. and British radio, newspaper, and television reports in that same news cycle," Van Slambrouck wrote.

Smucker, 41, an American based in Cairo, will be reassigned within the region, the Monitor said. The photographer who had been traveling with him remained in Iraq and the paper said it still had two reporters there.



Contact ADN | Forms | Subscriptions | Advertising | Sister Sites

Daily News Jobs | ADN History | ADN Store | Newspapers in Education

McClatchy Company Privacy Policy

For Alaska travel information and services, visit
ALASKA.com

Copyright © 2003 The Anchorage Daily News