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Episode Guide
EPISODE 103
Airdate: November 7, 2002

• Overview
• Press Reaction
• TV and Web Credits

>>Transcript

OVERVIEW

Iraq, TRUTH AND LIES IN BAGHDAD
A reporter's journey inside Saddam's regime

Reporter Sam Kiley goes inside Iraq to investigate Saddam Hussein's weapons program, the impact of sanctions on Iraqi civilians, and reports of shocking human rights abuses. FRONTLINE/World reveals what it's like for a journalist trying to gather information in a country hostile to the press. read more

Colombia, THE PIPELINE WAR
U.S. oil fuels a bloody conflict
Correspondent Saira Shah travels to the latest battleground in Colombia's prolonged civil war: a fight over a U.S.-owned oil pipeline. FRONTLINE/World reports how the oil has fueled warfare among leftist rebels, rightwing paramilitaries and the Colombian army -- with civilians caught in the middle. read more

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PRESS REACTION

... offers chilling insight ... honest, hard-edged, well-written ... . The film also has moments of dark comedy ... . Reporter Sam Kiley ... takes viewers on an odyssey through what it is like to work as a journalist under a brutal and repressive regime. The value in this rough-edged but penetrating documentary is its behind-the-scenes look at how Western correspondents do their work -- or, more precisely, how Iraq tries to prevent the media from doing that work. The piece shows how reporters are bullied, hassled and spied on.

-- Boston Globe

FRONTLINE searches for truth in troubled spots ... in tonight's disturbing episode of the PBS series FRONTLINE/World. First stop is Iraq ... . [C]orrespondent Sam Kiley ... is intimidated, bullied and finally tossed out ... . The second segment shows an Occidental Oil pipeline in Colombia that is blown up ... by rebels ... , spilling oil into local farms and rivers ... .

-- Los Angeles Times

Reports from two of the most dangerous places in the world make up tonight's gripping FRONTLINE/World. First, reporter Sam Kiley, in his tough approach and shaved head, endeavors to find out the truth behind the talk of repression in Iraq. In a shorter, second segment, Saira Shah bravely examines civil strife in Colombia, where the most frequent target for rebels is the 500-mile oil pipeline owned by a U.S. company.

-- Hartford Courant

In trying to deny [reporter] Kiley access to information, the Iraqi officials provide a disturbing glimpse of a country in the iron grip of terror and propaganda ... . You begin to understand the frustrations expressed by United Nations weapons inspectors.

-- Cleveland Plain Dealer

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TV AND WEB CREDITS

TRUTH AND LIES IN BAGHDAD

Reporter: SAM KILEY; Producer: ANDREW SMITH; Editor: JOHN MORATIEL; Camera (Jordan): SIMON EGAN; Additional Materials: ITN, JNP, Cable News Network; Executive Producer: DAVID HENSHAW

PIPELINE WAR

Reporter: SAIRA SHAH; Producer / Videographer: BRUNO SORRENTINO; Editor: BOB H. WOODWARD; Series Producer: EAMONN MATTHEWS

For FRONTLINE/World 103

Production Manager: RACHEL RANEY; Associate Producers: JESSIE DEETER, SHERAZ SADIQ; Unit Manager: SUZANNE ROMAINE; Web Producer: ANGELA MORGENSTERN; Web Editor: DAVID WEIR; Site Design: FLUENT STUDIOS; Promotion: ERIN MARTIN KANE, CHRIS KELLY, BRIAN ELEY; Community Engagement: BRENT QUAN HALL; Legal: ERIC BRASS, DAVID MOYCE; Satellite Photos: SPACE IMAGING, US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY; Theme Music: SUPREME BEINGS OF LEISURE; Sound Mix: JIM SULLIVAN; Post Production Supervisor: WENDY SMITH; Post Production Assistant: CHETIN CHABUK; Online Editor: MICHAEL H. AMUNDSON; Senior Video Editor: STEVE AUDETTE; Series Design: JOHN MACGIBBON; FRONTLINE Coordinating Producer: ROBIN PARMELEE; FRONTLINE Production Manager: TIM MANGINI; FRONTLINE Series Manager: JIM BRACCIALE; KQED VP, TV Station Manager: DEANNE HAMILTON; Executive in Charge for KQED: SUE ELLEN MCCANN; Executive in Charge for FRONTLINE: SHARON TILLER; Series Editor: STEPHEN TALBOT; Executive Producer: DAVID FANNING

Web Site (Iraq, Colombia)

Producer: ANGELA MORGENSTERN; Design and Production: SUSAN HARRIS FLUENT STUDIOS; Additional Production: WENDY GOODFRIEND, GORDON MCNEE, STEVEN PAK, JAMES THOMPSON; Writing and Research: JAKE BERGMAN, JESSIE DEETER, EROS HOAGLAND, DAVID MONTERO, SHERAZ SADIQ, KIMBERLY TABOR, KELLY WHALEN; Copy Editor: JOAN SAUNDERS; Web Editor: DAVID WEIR; Series Editor: STEVE TALBOT; Special Thanks: SAM BAILEY, MARRIE CAMPBELL, BRIAN ELEY, AMANDA HIRSCH, SUE ELLEN MCCANN, DAVID MOYCE, RACHEL RANEY, SUZANNE ROMAINE, JESSICA SMITH, WEN STEPHENSON, SHARON TILLER, KQED INTERACTIVE, ZAPS, INC.

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