Thursday, September 22, 2005

Myopia in Journalism

I am sure the BBC thinks this story, headline "Al-Jazeera reporter held in Spain" is news because the man is a reporter. I think it might be news because he works for Al-Jazeera. The fact that he is a reporter is mentioned twice in the article but the fact that he works for a terrorist propaganda arm is not mentioned outside of the headline (which presumably the article author did not pen).

Politics aside it is news for all Americans because it is part of the aftermath of 9/11.

The prosecution says the reporter, who holds dual Syrian and Spanish citizenship, had an "intense and continuous" relationship with Immad Yarkas, known as Abu Dahdah, who is also on trial.

Mr Yarkas was arrested by Spanish authorities in November 2001 on suspicion of heading an al-Qaeda cell that allegedly provided funding and logistics for the people who planned the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.


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