11/18/2004

LEGITIMISING MASS SLAUGHTER IN FALLUJAH - PART 2"

Weblog Entry - 11/11/2004: "November 11, 2004 - RAPID RESPONSE ALERT: LEGITIMISING MASS SLAUGHTER IN FALLUJAH - PART 2": "We'll unleash the dogs of hell, we'll unleash 'em... They don't even know what's coming - hell is coming. If there are civilians in there, they're in the wrong place at the wrong time.' (Sergeant Sam Mortimer, US marines, Channel 4 News, November 8, 2004)


The Face Of Raw Power

Sometimes media choices are beyond all rational comprehension. On November 10, the BBC's 18:00 news began with a report of Sudanese government actions against refugees in the Darfur region of the country. The conflict, the BBC reported, 'is thought to have killed more than 70,000 people in a little over a year - nearly two million people have been forced from their homes into refugee camps.'"

hereas 70,000 people are estimated to have been killed in the Sudanese conflict in little more than a year, 100,000 civilians are estimated to have died as a result of our own government's invasion of Iraq since March 2003. Whereas 2 million people are said to have been displaced in the Sudan, a quarter of a million people are estimated to have been displaced from Fallujah in just the last few weeks.

There is, readers will recall, one further difference. Whereas the Sudanese police were shown tear-gassing civilians in Keane's report, US-UK forces are currently waging full-scale war on Iraqi civilian areas with main battle tanks, airburst firebombs, artillery barrages and helicopter gunships.

Which issue, then, should be prioritised in BBC news reporting?

And yet the BBC's late news on November 10 began by devoting eight minutes to the Sudan story, followed by five minutes on Fallujah.

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