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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Prisoners released "unharmed"

As readers are perhaps aware, the two American reporters, Steve Centanni and Olaf Wiig seized in Gaza and held captive for two weeks have been released. This is how the New York Times put it on Sunday:
"Two journalists kidnapped in Gaza were released unharmed on Sunday after being forced at gunpoint to say on a videotape that they had converted to Islam."

Now, one wonders, if two al-Qaeda prisoners were released from Guantanamo Bay after having been forced (at gun point) to declare conversion to Christianity, would the New York Times describe them as "unharmed"? I'd say it might criticise the captors for unjustifiably and unnecessarily acting in a manner tending to undermine the prisoners' dignity. And one could only agree.


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