Information Clearing House Archive Part 5 May 20-24 2005

24 May 2005 — Information Clearing House

[I’ve been archiving ICH digests since early 2003. Unfortunately, an unknown number of the links are now dead, so I can’t guarantee that the link will take you where you want to go. WB]

Information Clearing House Digest
May 20-24 2005
Date: TUES, 24 May 2005

Charge Him or Release Him
Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and16 Days

Pakistan: U.S. Citizens Tortured, Held Illegally

By Human Rights Watch

U.S. FBI agents operating in Pakistan repeatedly interrogated and threatened two U.S. citizens of Pakistani origin who were unlawfully detained and subjected to torture by the Pakistani security services. Continue reading

The British (State) Broadcasting Corporation – A Coalition of the Killing? by William Bowles

24 May 2005

Me pap!

Give him his pap.

There’s no more pap.

HAMM (to Nagg):
Do you hear that? There’s no more pap. You’ll never get any more pap.

I want me pap!
Samuel Beckett’s ‘Endgame’

On May 23, we had an entire day without the BBC’s blanket non-coverage of important events due to a strike by the three main unions over threatened redundancies. A blessing in disguise? Well maybe… And if I may strike a totally au contraire view of the BBC’s plans for the future, perhaps laying off a few thousand comfortable pen-pushing peons for the state is long overdue? After all, without the complicity of those who prostitute themselves in return for a pension, perhaps they could put their hard-won skills to better use?

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Media Lens: BBC still Ignoring Evidence of War Crimes in Iraq

24 May 2005 — Media Lens

BBC News Director Helen Boaden Responds

“Professional journalism relies heavily on official sources. Reporters have to talk to the PM’s official spokesperson, the White House press secretary, the business association, the army general. What those people say is news. Their perspectives are automatically legitimate… This is precisely the opposite of what a functioning democracy needs, which is a ruthless accounting of the powers that be.” (Robert McChesney, professor of communications, University of Illinois)

Scores of readers responded to our Media Alert, ‘BBC Silence on Fallujah’ (May 17, 2005), in which we highlighted the evasions of BBC news director Helen Boaden in her Newswatch article at:

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