Piss Poor Journalism

I sent the following e-mail to the Foriegn Editor of The Independent newspaper in the UK on Monday the 4th of April 2011:

Dear Sir / Madam

In David Randall's report 

 in the 3rd of April 2011 edition of The Independent on Sunday, he states:


"Four guards from Nepal and three other foreigners employed at the UN office were killed. They were named yesterday as Joakim Dungel, a 33-year-old Swede; Lt-Col Siri Skare, 53, a female pilot from Norway; and Filaret Motco, 43, a Romanian who worked in the UN's political section".

Why did David Randall not give the names of the Nepalese guards? Are they not considered important enough because they were not European?

At the end of the piece, he states:

"The violence is the worst in Afghanistan for months, and comes as the country gears up for the first stage of a security handover to Afghan troops, and after the commander of US and Nato forces, General David Petraeus, delivered an optimistic assessment of progress in the war".

Again, this seems to be a rather western-centric view given that nine Afghani boys collecting firewood were killed by NATO on 1st March 2011 – Nine Afghan Boys Collecting Firewood Killed by NATO Helicopters and all the other slaughter of the innocents that has taken place in Afghanistan over the years. 

A death is a death, murder is murder, irrespective of whether it involves westerners or Afghanis. Each death is one too many.
John Andrews

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