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Friday, December 23, 2005

Duty calls

In my ongoing series of "guess what? The military lies", Deutsche Welle reports on interesting times in Germany:

"The German ministry of defence has admitted that it is carrying out an internal inquiry into the possible extracting of information on suspected terrorists by Bundeswehr operatives posing as journalists in Bosnia.

"The confirmation of an inquiry on Wednesday, reported in the German media on Thursday, follows allegations that German soldiers attached to the United Nations mission in Bosnia had operated outside official army regulations and interviewed members of the public under a pretence."

It is imperative that journalists remember their first duty - to tell the truth. As Robert Fisk says in the introduction to his new book, "The Great War for Civilisation":

"[Journalists should] challenge authority - all authority - especially so when governments and politicians take us to war, when they have decided that they will kill and others will die."

2 Comments:

Blogger Jozef Imrich, Esq. said...

The Literature we create ... The riches of Israeli literature

Friday, December 23, 2005 11:19:00 pm  
Blogger neoleftychick said...

AL

You really must attend to your class readings more closely. MY copy of Fisk's tome - lovingly bought for me by my beautiful husband as a Christmas present - says that it was the ISRAELI journalsit, Amira Hass, who taught Fisk that his job was to "monitor the centres of power." Up until that point he saw his job as "writing history's first draft."

I know it must pain you to be reminded you of yet another radical liberal Israeli Jew, but I simply cannot stand by and watch your daily performance of ignorance, sweetie.

I hope this helps.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005 12:38:00 pm  

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