Saturday, August 14, 2010

Aisha's face is just propaganda to the Taliban

It's an easy judgement to condemn the brutal disfigurement of this Afghan woman by her Taiban-inspired husband. Where this dreadful act meets journalistic ethics however is when we must decide if this is what we are fighting against in that country. The Taliban have called the Time magazine cover just "propaganda". But even some who find the act hateful are not inspired to say we must fight on to stamp out such medieval behaviour. Their sense of futility wins out over the cherished priority of the civil treatment of women. Is that wisdom or callous defeatism? Ethical journalism or sensationalism? National Post story is linked off the headline. TPG

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