Thursday, February 14, 2013 1:12 pm
French journalist freed from detention in Iraq
The Associated Press
Nadir Dendoune was detained in Baghdad on Jan. 23 for allegedly taking photos in restricted areas without necessary permits.
A French diplomatic official says journalist Nadir Dendoune left Iraqi custody Thursday and the French ambassador took him to the French Embassy in Baghdad. The French government says Dendoune's assistant Haqi Mohammed was also freed.
The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists had urged Iraqi authorities to release Dendoune. The committee has said ambiguities in Iraq's 2011 media law have created unnecessary barriers regarding access to information.