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Pentagon threatens to bomb independent journalists in Iraq.

The Pentagon has threatened to fire on the satellite uplink positions of independent journalists in Iraq, according to veteran BBC war correspondent, Kate Adie.

If television satellite uplinks from the press are detected in Baghdad, they would be "targeted down" even if they were journalists, said a senior US military official. "They know this. They've been warned."

Investigative journalist Phillip Knightley, who also appeared on the broadcast, reported that the Pentagon has also threatened that they "may find it necessary to bomb areas in which war correspondents are attempting to report from the Iraqi side."

Ms. Adie also reports that the US military is openly asking journalists who go with them, whether they have feelings against the war, and that this information is being used to screen reporters from access to reporting on the conflict.

"I am enormously pessimistic of the chance of decent on-the-spot reporting, as the war occurs. You will get it later." says Ms. Adie.

Kate Adie is one of the best known and most respected foriegn correspondents in Britain, having worked for the BBC for over 35 years. She was the chief news correspondent for the BBC, and has reported from troublespots including Kosovo, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and the Middle East.

She has also won awards for her coverage of the Tiananmen Square uprising and the American bombing of Tripoli. Her honors include three Royal Television Society awards, the Bafta Richard Dimbleby Award for the year's Most Important Personal Contribution On Screen in Factual Television, and the Broadcasting Press Guild's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting. She was awarded an Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth for her public service and outstanding contribution to society.

Phillip Knightley was twice named journalist of the year in the British Press Awards - one of only two journalists to have ever won the award twice. He is also an acclaimed author and has lectured on journalism at Oxford, Stanford, UCLA, and Penn State.

The entire broadcast can be listened to online until next Sunday. The discussion takes place about 49 minutes into the broadcast.

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