Tuesday, February 15, 2005

The case for reading beyond the headline 

Are you as sick as I am of this sort of reporting?

The title: "Australia concedes ex-Guantanamo detainee was tortured in Egypt"

The first para: "The Australian government has conceded allegations by former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Mamdouh Habib that he was tortured in Egypt may be true." [my emphasis]

And what Australia's Foreign Minister Alexander Downer actually said: "For all I know he may have been badly treated in Egypt but we don't know because the Egyptians have still not conceded to us that they held him."

More on Mamdouh Habib and his torture odyssey at
Tim Blair's.


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