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Reporter in Iraq fired by U.S. network hired by Greek state TV
Thu Apr 28 2003 14:57:12 ET

Athens (dpa) - Veteran newsman Peter Arnett, famous for his coverage of the 1991 Gulf War, has been hired by Greek state television NET to cover the war in Iraq after he was fired by a U.S. network.

Arnett, a Pulitzer Prize winner, was sacked earlier this week by NBC for giving an interview for Iraqi television in Baghdad in which he said: ;The first war plan has failed because of Iraqi resistance. Now they are trying to write another war plan.

;Clearly, the war planners misjudged the determination of the Iraqi forces. In my TV commentaries, I'd tell the Americans about the Iraqi forces and their willingness to fight.''

Arnett, 68, told an interviewer for Iraqi television that there was growing opposition to the conduct of the war.

Just days after his sacking, Arnett was hired by The Daily Mirror, a London-based tabloid, and on Thursday, he appeared live on Greek state television, reporting on the Iraq war with Greek war correspondent Panos Haritos.

NET said Arnett would report live from Baghdad every day. The New-Zealand-born U.S. citizen became famous in the 1991 Gulf War when he remained in Baghdad during coalition bombing. He worked at the time for CNN.

After he was sacked from CNN, Arnett worked as a correspondent for Turkish television ATV from New York.

Leading up to the current Iraq war, Arnett was in Baghdad working for National Geographic Explorer, a documentary producer for the private National Geographic Society. The series is shown on MSNBC, the 24-hour cable news channel of NBC and Microsoft, and Arnett was doing live daily reporting on the war for both organizations.

The Daily Mirror is a mass-circulation, London-based tabloid that generally backs Prime Minister Tony Blair's Labour Party but has been severely critical of the decision to go to war in Iraq, reflecting the views of many people in the left wing of the party.


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