Monday, March 05, 2007

Kidnapped Journalist Speaks

Haymarket Books is pleased to announce:

An Independent Journalist's Story of Being Abducted in Iraq, Rescued,
and Shot by U.S. Forces

"The story of [Sgrena's] abduction and liberation depicts but one in
a series of risks she has taken to bring to her readers the stories
that go untold, of people threatened by war and conflict. Against
enormous odds, Giuliana Sgrena is a survivor. She understands in the
most personal way the fear, suffering, and courage of the victims and
survivors who she covers. Sgrena has risked her life to bring us
these stories. Listen to her message."
-Amy Goodman

Wednesday, March 14
7 pm
Judson Church
55 Washington Square South
New York, NY

with Giuliana Sgrena, journalist, Il Manifesto, and author, Friendly
Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now! (
Vince Warren, executive director, Center for Constitutional Rights

sponsored by the Center for Constitutional Rights and Haymarket Books


Friday, March 16
4 pm
Politics and Prose Bookstore
5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC


Monday, March 19
7 pm
Immanuel Presbyterian Church
3300 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA

with Giuliana Sgrena and Helga Aguayo, wife of war resister Agustin

Co-sponsored by African-Americans Against the War, CODEPINK, Iraq
Veterans Against the War, International Socialist Organization, KPFK,
Mexian-American Political Association, and "Sir! No Sir!"


About the book:

While reporting the effects on civilians of the U.S. bombing campaign
in Falluja, Giuliana Sgrena was taken hostage in Iraq on February 4,
2005, and held for one month. On the day of her release, as she was
being escorted to Baghdad Airport by Italian security, U.S. forces
fired on her vehicle, killing Major General Nicola Calipari, as he
shielded Sgrena.

Mario Lozano, the soldier who shot at her vehicle, will be placed on
trial April 17th for voluntary manslaughter. Giuliana Sgrena demands
that the Pentagon be held responsible for the shooting-a product of
the U.S. occupation of Iraq, and not the actions of an individual

About the author:

An expert on the Arab world, Sgrena has reported frequently from
Afghanistan and Iraq, for which the president of Italy awarded her
the prestigious Cavaliere del Lavoro prize. In her book Friendly
Fire: The Remarkable Story of a Journalist Kidnapped in Iraq, Rescued
by an Italian Secret Service Agent, and Shot by U.S. Forces
(Haymarket 2006), Sgrena describes her experience as a hostage and
provides unique insights into the situation of Iraq under occupation,
exposing U.S. war crimes there.

Friendly Fire
The Remarkable Story of a Journalist Kidnapped in Iraq, Rescued by an
Italian Secret Service Agent, and Shot by U.S. Forces
by Giuliana Sgrena
Introduction by Amy Goodman
ISBN 9781931859394 | $20.00 | Trade Cloth

For review copy requests, contact:
Sarah Macaraeg at 312-315-8476

For interview requests, contact:
Mahdis Keshavarz

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