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Friday, May 06, 2005

Definition please

Who is a terrorist and what defines terrorism? ABC Radio National's Media Report investigates:

Author Phil Rees ("Dining with Terrorists"): "...In using it [the word terrorism], you are buying into the support for the policies of the United States and George Bush..."

Host Richard Aedy: "Do you really think that? Do you think they’ve come to own that word?"

Phil Rees: "I do, and American military strategists will agree with me on this. They accept it, because after the end of the Cold War, they were looking for a new doctrine that would legitimise the role of the United States as the only superpower."

Read the whole interview.

3 Comments:

Blogger suki said...

I enjoyed the BBC journalist's comment that "one person's terrorist is another person's freedom fighter."

Saturday, May 07, 2005 9:00:00 am  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Indeed. Such a difficult debate. Taking on another's language is not what journalists should be doing. The fact that so many journos have, since 9/11, is worrying in the extreme.

Saturday, May 07, 2005 11:20:00 am  
Anonymous michael said...

"Taking on another's language is not what journalists should be doing."

As Annabelle Lukin likes to point out, journalists' own language ain't so hot either.

Saturday, May 07, 2005 2:57:00 pm  

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