Thursday, 11 August 2011

Karolina reports Swedish news for feature on Osama

Osama bin Laden

This text is a translation of the original report in Swedish.

The points to report have been taken from the Swedish Agency for Radio and TV, their site on Rules for SVT, SR och UR. Basically my report looked just like this, but I have changed the web-addresses to hyperlinks, as well as added some.

Thank you for your report
A copy of the report will be sent to the e-mail address you provided.
Program: The Swedish news program "Rapport"
Channel or station: SVT2
Date of broadcasting: 2011-05-02
Time of broadcasting: 10:30 pm

Elaborate why you wish to have the program tried:
A lack of impartiality and objectivity

"Program leaders, reporters and others who may be perceived as representing the program company must not make judging statements, or take sides in controversial issues."

In this feature it was said time after time, by both interviewers and interviewees, that Osama bin Laden was behind the 9/11 attack on the WTC in 2001. This fact is disputed and has not been proven in a valid trial; thus is highly controversial (see for eg. Michael Ruppert's lecture The Truth and Lies of 911, Dylan Avery's film Loose Change or this short film clip: 9/11 Truth Search: Planes didn't take twin towers down).

"Controversial issues or occurrences may not be treated one-sidedly, so that the version or viewpoints of only one side clearly dominate."

In this case it was clearly the official American standpoint that dominated, even stood completely unquestioned.

"If a clearly defined party is subjected to strong criticism or severe accusations, he or she should as a rule be allowed to defend themselves in the same program."

In this case of course the defined and accused party was dead, but it would have been easy to find old recordings and news articles where Osama defends himself against the accusations about the 9/11 attack (eg. the article CNN: Bin Laden says he wasn't behind attacks or the 1 min episodes NBC: Bin Laden & Taliban Deny 9/11 Involvement, Taliban Diplomat Condemns Attacks 1/2 and 2/2). Otherwise one could probably have found some living person who could have defended Osama, for example those quoted in the youtube film clips above.

"Features must not be misleading, for example by leaving out important pieces of information."

In claiming that Osama bin Laden was behind the 9/11 attack, Rapport left out utterly important pieces of information, such as:

-that bin Laden himself denies involvement in the mentioned attack
-that there is a substantial people's movement that strongly questions this official standpoint
-that no binding evidence has been presented that bind bin Laden to this crime

Thus the feature was strongly misleading.

Complainant: Karolina Hagegård

We can also ask ourselves why Osama bin Laden is dead and not arrested. Would it perhaps have been quite hard to convince an independent court to find him guilty, in a fair trial? How very embarrassing that would have been!...

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