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Reporters on the Job

Sticker Shock: How sensitive are an Iraqi journalist's "risk antennae" these days?

For today's story, staff writer Scott Peterson invited the head of an Iraqi press freedom watchdog group in Iraq, Ziad al-Ajili to be interviewed in the Monitor's Baghdad office. "This is a man who is routinely threatened, and sleeps with his assault rifle beside him," says Scott.

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While he was sitting there, Mr. Ajili made special note of the box of tissues on a coffee table. Then he proceeded to peel the price tag off the box of tissues, and scolded Scott. "This is very dangerous," he told him.

Ajili explained that anyone sitting in the Monitor's office and seeing that price tag – which has the logo of one of the few remaining high-end supermarkets in Baghdad – would know that at some point, Monitor staff (foreigners and/or Iraqis), would be making regular trips to the shop and could be targeted.

David Clark Scott
World editor

This week's look ahead

Monday, Nov. 13

Washington – Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert meets President Bush.

Lilongwe, Malawi – Hearing in case filed by Malawian human rights activists who want to review pop singer Madonna's adoption of a Malawian boy.

Tuesday, Nov. 14

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Cape Town, South Africa – Parliament expected to pass a bill allowing same sex marriages.

Washington – President Bush departs on an eight-day trip to Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, plus a stop in Moscow.

Wednesday, Nov. 15

Guatemala City, Guatemala – Anticorruption conference, hosted by Transparency International.

Thursday, Nov. 16

Paris – Socialist Party primary to choose candidate for France's presidential election next year. French woman Segolene Royal is the leading contender.

Saturday, Nov. 18

Hanoi, Vietnam – Heads of state meet at Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.

Sunday, Nov. 19

Lima, Peru – Municipal and regional elections across Peru.

– The Associated Press