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Surprise! al Reuters omits facts, editorializes in news item

Check out this Reuters report (via Yahoo News)

Afghan clerics seek U.S. apologies for Koran abuse

The main body of Afghan Muslim clerics called on the United States on Tuesday to apologize and punish those responsible for abusing the Koran at its Guantanamo Bay prison, an issue that sparked bloody riots in Afghanistan.

The U.S. military released details this month about five cases in which the Muslim holy book was kicked, stepped on, soaked in water, and in one instance, splashed with a guard’s urine falling through an air vent at the military prison in Cuba.

Muslims consider the Koran the literal word of God and treat each book with deep reverence.

Note that there is no mention in the story about the 15 cases where detainees damaged their own copies of the Koran. Instead we’re told that “Muslims…treat each book with deep reverence.” This is a glaring lie of both commission and omission; Reuters surely is quite aware of the reports of Koran desecration by detainess, given the prominence of this story over the last few weeks. But in this story they both left out those allegations of desecration by detainees and made a false counter claim. It cannot be inadvertant.

To top it off, they close the editorial article with this statement:

The United States holds about 520 suspected Islamic militants at Guantanamo, most of whom were caught in Afghanistan. The detainees are denied rights accorded under international law to prisoners of war and many have been held without charge for more than three years.

Not “some say” detainees are denied rights, but “detainees are denied rights”. A statement of fact, you see. Inarguable. These people aren’t even pretending to be objective any more.

Update; The Shape of Days has another example of al Reuters “reporting.”

Michelle Malkin also mentioned the Reuters story, but missed their duplicity.

posted by: The Editors @ 8:51 am June 14, 2005

1 Comment

  1. Reuters is an anti-American news service. However, what has not been emphasized enough is that Reuters has an ongoing dispute with the US over an incient that happened about a year ago with several of its “stringers”. Apparently, the US military detained several of them and questionsed them. They screamed abuse when they were released and Reuters demanded the US investigate which it did. Reuters did not like the result and demanded the US reopen the investigation, which is when I believe the US told Reuters to take a hike.

    I don’t believe Reuters has filed legal activity against the US. but instead editorializes in all its reporting against the US military.

    I think Reuters should be forced to acknowledge this conflict of interest so the reader can factor the bias and
    anti-military reporting into its determination of credibility and objectivity of Reuters reporting.

    In fact, Reuters needs to be questioned about this.

    Comment by Kate — June 15, 2005 @ 1:29 am June 15, 2005

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