NBC condemned for sacking journalist
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Malay Journalists Association has condemned the US network NBC News for sacking veteran journalist Peter Arnett over an interview he gave to Iraqi television.
President Yazid Othman said the sacking could be seen as a warning to other journalists in the US media that they should not stray from the official line in the US-led war against Iraq.
“General Electric (GE), one of the world’s major arms manufacturers, wholly owns NBC. Among the many weapons wholly or partly produced by GE are Apache and Cobra helicopters, B51 and B52 bombers, and Tomahawk cruise missiles,” Yazid said in a statement. Arnett, 68, was in Iraq for National Geographic Explorer, reporting for NBC and MSNBC but he was sacked after he gave an interview on Iraqi television saying the US-led coalition’s initial war plan had failed.
Arnett is known for his coverage of the Vietnam War and the first Gulf war. In 1998, his contract with CNN was not renewed after he reported US had used sarin gas in the Vietnam war to kill US defectors. The report also led to the sacking of two other CNN employees.