Nadir Dendoune came to Iraq to compile a series of stories on the upcoming 10th anniversary of the US-led invasion of the country for French monthly magazine Le Monde Diplomatique, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Dendoune, who also holds Australian and Algerian passports, “did not tell local authorities about his activities, and did not ask for authorisation to take photos,” the official said.
Journalists in Baghdad are required to seek prior approval from the capital’s security command centre in order to take photographs at checkpoints and of soldiers and policemen.
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