Tarry for the Nonce

August 2, 2005

My Enemy’s Enemy

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 1:40 pm

Russia has banned ABC:

Russia’s defence chief has barred the ministry from contact with ABC TV after the US network’s interview with Chechen rebel leader Shamil Basayev . . .

The rebel has claimed the 2004 raid on a school in Beslan. In the interview he said he was a “terrorist” but that Russians were “terrorists” too . . .

“Today I have given the order to the head of the press service that not one serviceman of the defence ministry should have contact with the American television channel ABC,” Mr [Sergei] Ivanov said in televised comments . . .

Russia is offering $10m (6m) for the capture of the warlord who has claimed other major attacks such as the downing last year of two Russian civilian airliners.

More than 320 people – around half of them children – were killed at the school in Beslan last September.

I figure Russia is both within its rights and morally justified. Consider if a Russian station had held a similar interview with Osama bin Laden.

It’s a tricky balance though: freedom of the press vs. social responsibility, etc. In the movies, it’s always portrayed as one and the same. In real life, however . . .

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