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Bernie



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Post Post subject: To Mark Popescu, BBC News 24, re Coalition war crimes Reply with quote

Dear Mr Popescu,

I was watching BBC News 24 yesterday when the news of the Spanish
Government's urgent withdrawal of their troops came in.

A Spanish government spokesman was interviewed by Peter Sissons.

I'm afraid I missed the interviewee's name and position, but I believe
he was the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

This spokesman stated that the reason for the Spanish withdrawal is that the
Coalition and the Spanish army have been and continue to be engaged in
a crime. He was perfectly clear about this, and repeated it several
times, while Mr Sissons seemed to be attempting to get him to rephrase
his thoughts in a way that might be more acceptable to, say, Mr Blair
or Mr Bush.

Mr Sissons then went on to interview a BBC correspondent. This
journalist dismissed what had just been said. Without providing any
evidence he stated that this could not be the view of the rest of the
Spanish cabinet.

And that, as far as I have been able to tell, has been the end of this
story. The Spanish Foreign Minister states in clear terms that the
Coalition's actions in Iraq are an ongoing crime, and rather than
picking up on this extraordinary piece of news, your reporters seem to
be trying to cover it up!

Could I ask you please to have another look at what was said
yesterday and to respond to my suggestion that your treatment
of this story amounts to a significant journalistic failure?

Best wishes,

Bernie
Mon Apr 19, 2004 2:27 pm
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