BBC: Â “We’re missing the humanity of the Taliban”
A BBC presenter has attacked coverage of Afghanistan’s ongoing war, claimingÂ TV reporters are not covering the ‘humanity of the Taliban’.
Lyse Doucet, a presenter and correspondent on BBC World News, was speaking at a discussion of TV reporting of the war in the country…
Asked what was missing in British coverage, she added: ‘It may sound odd but the humanity of the Taliban, because the Taliban are a wide, very diverse group of people.”
Let’s report the Taliban the Doucet way. So, readers, find theÂ unreported humanityÂ in these recent Taliban happynings:
Taliban fighters with assault riflesÂ shredded a U.S. aid group’s SUV with dozens of bullets Wednesday, killing three Western womenÂ and their Afghan driver amid an escalating militant onslaught against humanitarian workers in Afghanistan. The ambush of two clearly marked aid vehicles on the main road south of Kabul was the latest in a record number of attacks on aid groups this year…The Taliban claimed responsibility for the killings, saying its fighters attacked two vehicles of “the foreign invader forces.” .
A bomb attack targeting policemen killed 10 peopleÂ in northwest Pakistan on Thursday as Taliban-inspired violence threatened to exacerbate political instability in the nuclear-armed nation.
The killing of a young Japanese aid workerÂ in Afghanistan has shocked Tokyo… Afghan and Japanese authorities late on Wednesday identified the bullet-ridden body of Kazuya Ito, 31, found in a valley of Nangarhar province, east of Kabul. He had a day earlier been kidnapped by four gunmen outside the city of Jalalabad… A purported Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said the aid worker had been killed in a gun battle between Afghan troops and insurgents, the media said. He is the fourth foreign aid worker killed in the country in the past two weeks, signaling the increasing activities of Taliban insurgents. Ito had been working on agricultural development projects with residents since December 2003…
The French public has been shocked by the killing of 10 of their soldiersÂ in the most lethal ambush by the Taliban since the fall of their regime in 2001…
At least 67 people were killed and more than 100 injured in coordinated suicide bombings on the country’s largest army munitions factory here Thursday, the latest in a series of Taliban attacks against Pakistani government targets… Nasir Durrani, chief of the Rawalpindi police district, saidÂ most of those killed were civilians who worked in the factory.
The Swat valley, a picturesque region in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan, was once a tourist destination. Two years ago, however, it became a Taliban haven when Maulana Fazlullah, a hardline cleric turned militant Taliban commander, launched a vicious campaign against the education of girls… According to government officials,Â more than 90 girls’ schools have been either burned or bombedÂ by militants associated with Fazlullah.
The Taliban recently sent an open letter to “the Canadian people,”Â threatening to kill more aid workersÂ and target Canadians unless Ottawa pulls out of Afghanistan.
Celebrate the humanity with Lyse!
By Hugh Fitzgerald:Â
“The BBC has done none of this. It is more superficial, more inaccurate, less informative, in its coverage of Islam than many a supposedly “right-wing” American commercial station so easy to dismiss, because nothing critical of Islam appears on the BBC World Service. Who, after all, works at the BBC? There are the ever-expanding number of Arabs and Muslims, as the Arab-lnaguage services expand and Arabs replace those who are discharged as so many other language-services are closed down. How many of those Arabic-language speakers are Copts, or Maronites, who might be more likely to tell some unpleasant home truths about Islam, rather than continue to protect it in every way, or how many of those Arabic-language speakers might have been chosen from Berbers or Kurds who know Arabic? And on the regular staff, whom do you think the likes of John Simpson would favor? What colleagues would Judy Swallow, Robin Lustig, Barbara Plett, Lyse Doucet, welcome into their Guardian-parroting ranks?”