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In message <3E83B73D.11947.2201E6F@localhost>, Mark Parkinson <email@example.com> writes >What is interesting is how much airtime she and other members of the >IPO get here in the UK. They have no constituency in Iraq and are >only a recent creation. The media thirst for pure anti Saddam Hussein >and they provide it. This highlights the fact that the media in the UK pay only cursory attention to sources outside the country, especially if they a) don't speak sound-bite, broadcast-standard English b) don't have an English language website. The people from the Iraqi Prospect Organisation are a TV researcher's dream, because they do both - and are young. By contrast, take the limited coverage of the Iraqi National Alliance. (there was a CASI post asking about the INA back in the Autumn: see Peter Brooke, Sun 24 Nov 2002, 11:40) One person associated with the INA is the leftist Shia writer Abdul Amir Al-Rikabi, who is based in Paris. Seems to me he should be quoted extensively as well, in the interests of the total picture. But, oh dear, many of the reports about him are in French, German or Italian. See my webpage http://www.twiza.demon.co.uk/iraq/index.htm for links to things written by and about him. It took me about 2 days to research it, as his name is spelt differently in different sources (sometimes even within one article). As far as I can see, there were 2 conferences in Paris in February among anti-American opposition groups including the INA - but there was no coverage of them in the UK media, compared with the widespread coverage of the London conference in December (if I'm wrong please send me the info/references.) A public service such as the BBC prides itself in being unbiased, but it sometimes falls seriously below standard in this global age by relying too much on research done by English-speaking journalists who just tap a few words into Google from the comfort of their desks. Cathy -- Cathy Aitchison _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk