Good story about a journalist who was held in Gitmo. (From Guantánamo to Desk at Al Jazeera)
This story is interesting to me on a number of level.
- Despite being held and tortured Hajj never lost faith that the fairness of the U.S. judicial system would provide justice for him.
- The view that Al Jazeera is a propaganda arm for bin Laden is prevalent among the U.S. interrogators.
While many of us in U.S. journalism might not agree with some of the ways stories are presented on Al Jazeera, the news organization is no more a propaganda arm of bin Laden than CNN is a propaganda arm of the Obama administration. And people who make such claims are not really looking at the work of Al Jazeera.
Journalists are always in a bad position in an unconventional war situation.
The whole job of a journalist is to get and publicize information that powerful forces don’t want publicized. To the paranoid, that makes all journalists spies and therefore subject to detention and “enhanced interrogation”