Giuliana Sgrena, an Italian Journalist working out of Iraq for the Rome daily Il Manifesto was taken hostage. She was seized while in her car with two Iraqi reporters and a driver, who were all later released. The terrorists took her in her own car. From her writings she seems to be an anti-war slanted reporter.
Gunmen seized an Italian woman journalist in Baghdad today in a hail of gunfire after she had been interviewing people who fled the US assault on the Sunni insurgent stronghold of Fallujah.
Giuliana Sgrena, 56, a reporter with the newspaper Il Manifesto, was seized by gunmen who blocked her car near the Jadriyah bridge, located across the Tigris river from the Green Zone, police said.
She had been in Iraq since January 23 and had telephoned her newspaper about two hours earlier.
Italian radio journalist Barbara Schiavulli said Sgrena called her on her mobile phone while the assault was underway.
"I heard shots and people running but I did not hear her speak," Schiavulli said. "I only heard pistol shots ... I heard shots and began to shout Giuliana, Giuliana, but she did not reply."
Two italian aid workers were taken hostage September 8, 2004. for more on their plight see Simona Torretta
and Simona Pari
Salvatore Santoro was killed by Terrorists December 16, 2004.
Enzo Baldoni was killed by terrorists August 26, 2004.
For more information see the Diggers Realm Giuliana Sgrena Archives
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