U.S. military officials say a television cameraman killed in Iraq Monday died in a gunbattle between Marines and insurgents, contradicting an account from his news agency.


Dhia Najim, an Iraqi freelance cameraman working for Reuters, was shot and killed in the town of Ramadi, west of Baghdad.


U.S. military officials say Mr. Najim was hit by a bullet in the neck while taping a clash between Marines and insurgents.


But Reuters says video pictures taken at the time of Mr. Najim's death show he was shot by a sniper and that there was no fighting at the time.


The press freedom group, Reporters Without Borders, has called on the Pentagon to make what it calls a proper investigation.


Some information for this story provided by Reuters.