Sunday, May 21, 2006

UK - BBC bias tricks

Here's another bias trick the BBC use.

The headline, in scare quotes, reads thus: US 'must end secret detentions'

Notice how the BBC make you think they are quoting someone, presumedly an important person, saying the US "must" end secret detentions. And they also imply that such facilities exist.

Now read the story.

The US should close any secret "war on terror" detention facilities abroad and the Guantanamo Bay camp in Cuba, a United Nations report has said.

The UN Committee against Torture urged the US to ensure no one was detained in any secret facility.

The report followed the first US appearance before the committee since the 11 September 2001 attacks.

A legal spokesman for the US state department said the report contained "factual and legal inaccuracies".

Which is usually true of BBC reports.

The US has been holding hundreds of terror suspects arrested since 11 September at facilities in Iraq, Afghanistan and Cuba. It has been accused of operating secret prisons and transporting some detainees to states which use torture.

Accused by whom? The BBC does not say of course. Nor does the BBC mention that two EU investigations found no evidence that any such facilities has ever existed.

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