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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Find the evidence or shut-up

Former Guantanamo Bay inmate Mamdouh Habib says he was defamed by the Murdoch press:

"His barrister Clive Evatt QC today showed the four-person jury a series of articles published by The Daily Telegraph on April 20, 2002, which branded Mr Habib a suburban terrorist.

"Mr Evatt said the front page story and other 'hard-hitting' articles inside the paper made 'dreadful allegations' about Mr Habib, which he argued were defamatory.

"'We say an ordinary, reasonable reader looking at the whole thing...will come to the conclusion that what the Telegraph are really saying is that he is a suburban terrorist,' Mr Evatt said.

"Another opinion piece by Daily Telegraph columnist Piers Ackerman published on February 15, 2005, shortly after Mr Habib's release from Guantanamo Bay, criticised Mr Habib's claims he made in a TV interview that he was tortured while held prisoner by US authorities.

"Mr Evatt said the piece suggested Mr Habib had lied about being tortured, suggested he was a fundraiser for international terrorists and a would-be recruiter of fighters for the Jihad."

The media is not fond of taking responsibility for what it publishes. Habib was released from Guantanamo Bay, never charged with any offence and allegedly tortured while in custody. The press loves labelling anybody accused by the West as a "terrorist." The word has become almost as meaningless as being called a "communist." Perhaps the Murdoch press would like to present evidence that those scrupulous US authorities must have missed.

2 Comments:

Blogger Shabadoo said...

Speaking of people unjustly jailed...

Wednesday, February 08, 2006 4:45:00 pm  
Blogger orang said...

She is a trained engineer - brilliant - who dumped her career to first run an orphanage for the poor, and then to start a small non-government-organization to ensure clean, fair elections. She’s never taken a side publicly on sides, she was only interested in the election process being fair. Her organization was called Shab,,.,

You mean the people who have been trying to kick Chavez arse ;

"The U.S. Congress, hearing of her good work, gave her $36,000 in organizational money from the National Endowment for Democracy to keep trying to strengthening Venezuela’s democratic institutions, so that through this kind of civil society work, (instead of armed struggle), the country would become a stronger democracy and not a dictatorship. That’s all it was about."

..The US in it's quest for goodness, gave her 36 grand. - for purely altruistic reasons.
Pull the other one - it's got bells on.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006 10:44:00 pm  

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