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Photo Credit: Courtesy The Associated Press

JOSE  COUSO

News Organization: TELECINCO TV

Died: 2003

Location: IRAQ

War: IRAQ WAR

Couso, a cameraman, was killed when a U.S. tank fired on Baghdad’s Palestine Hotel, where dozens of journalists were staying. He was covering the U.S. invasion of Baghdad for a Spanish television network. Initial investigations in the United States and Spain found insufficient evidence of wrongdoing by the American soldiers. But a Spanish judge reopened the case in 2011 after a leaked diplomatic cable showed that the United States had pressured Spain into dropping charges against the soldiers. Couso was 37.