Twelve people were killed Friday(1/4/2011) in an attack on a U.N. compound in northern Afghanistan that followed a demonstration against the reported burning last month of a Quran in Florida, authorities said.
The fatalities comprised seven U.N. workers and five demonstrators, officials said. Another 24 people were wounded, said Abdul Rauof Taj, security director of Balkh province.
Lal Mohammad Ahmadzai, a spokesman for the police in Mazar-e-Sharif, told reporters that a number of suspects "who might be the main organizers" had been arrested.--CNN.com
Completely and utterly wrong.
As Alom Shah said, fanatical atheism can be as ugly as religious fanaticism.
Some of his arguments are okay, and I will give due credit to him for saying that some journalists "swept along with Andrew Wakefield's dodgy claims helped to create an environment in which public confidence in the vaccine fell dangerously, and the lives of children were put at risk. The decision not to vaccinate a child is ultimately the responsibility of the parent, but that doesn't absolve journalists of culpability for the impact their shoddy coverage may have had (or indeed Wakefield for his original 'research')."
Agreed. But in the case of Pastor Jones burning Koran, that's just ridiculous.
Controlled journalism might not work at all, and it is not worthy to be called proper journalism. The best example would be the case happening right now in the rainforest state of Sarawak, Malaysia. The media is prohibited from writing anything against the government. By controlling the media, the corrupted politician has been sucking away the people's money comfortably for the past 30 years.
Let's get back to Pastor Jones. His deed of burning the Koran, according to Robbins, is okay. I do not agree at all. Pastor Jones backed down after pressured from various members of the society, but carried on with his plan last month. The news reached the realm of the Middle East and eventually, Afghanistan. But can the media be blamed for the death of innocent lives in the UN building?
The short answer would be "No". Reporting news is the job of a journalists, and to be transparent is an added value. Reports much be backed-up by evidence, and always report the truth. So the question now must go back to Pastor Jones and his gang: why reignite the flame?
His hunger for publicity and exposure has led to the death of seven UN staffs, and should be held accountable for his act.
Oh by the way this is the first time I'm speaking on behalf of the media-I've always hated them.