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May 15, 2005

Newsweak

The riots and deaths were real; the reporting that triggered them apparently wasn’t:

Newsweek magazine said on Sunday it erred in a May 9 report that U.S. interrogators desecrated the Koran at Guantanamo Bay, and apologized to the victims of deadly Muslim protests sparked by the article.
Editor Mark Whitaker said the magazine inaccurately reported that U.S. military investigators had confirmed that personnel at the detention facility in Cuba had flushed the Muslim holy book down the toilet.
The report sparked angry and violent protests across the Muslim world from Afghanistan, where 16 were killed and more than 100 injured, to Pakistan to Indonesia to Gaza. In the past week it was condemned in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Malaysia and by the Arab League.

Given our outstanding record on human rights in Iraq, I wouldn’t be surprised if the original report was true. But it would be nice if the media could at least check. Please.

Posted by Stephen at 8:54 PM in Terrorism | War | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

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