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CBS Censors Itself to Protect Iraqi Refugees
Online Version of Report on Iraqis Seeking US Asylum Excludes Images of Iraqis
05/18/2008 8:19 PM ET

Within moments of the CBS "60 Minutes" broadcast tonight of a 13-minute report on a heroic American helping desperate Iraqis seeking asylum in the U.S., CBS News posted a heavily-edited version of the report online without a single image of Iraqi refugees featured in the TV version of the story.

The Iraqis seen in the broadcast report were former U.S.-employed translators and interpreters in Iraq -- Iraqis branded by insurgents as collaborators and in many cases targeted for death.

CBS News usually posts online the full broadcast version of its "60 Minutes" reports, but said on its Web site it chose to "protect the Iraqis" by posting a 6'46" online version of the report that excluded images of the Iraqi asylum-seekers.

The American, former US AID worker Kirk Johnson, goes to phenomenal extremes to help the Iraqi refugees, many of whom are now in Jordan pleading for U.S. asylum.

Here is the transcript of the full 13-minute broadcast report by CBS's Scott Pelley.

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