Courageous broadcaster slammed

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Joseph Wakim, founder of the Australian Arabic Council, condemns SBS for broadcasting Abu Ghraib atrocity images:

Within 24 hours of the broadcast, Dateline was trumpeting about its claim to fame through new television advertisements on SBS TV, quoting reputable media compliments. Clearly, this “world exclusive” had put the program on the global map for having the courage to expose these “atrocious” images.

What was so urgent that this broadcast of photos that were taken in 2003 could not wait until the current reactions to the blasphemous Danish cartoons subsided?

If these photos were indeed in the hands of other news media, then I can only imagine that Dateline was after the trophy for being the first. Congratulations—you are now on the world stage for presenting a museum of dehumanised Arabs.

Poor SBS; they can’t please anyone.

Posted by Tim B. on 03/01/2006 at 03:09 AM
    1. Heh. Maybe they should just give up already and go off air.

      I won’t miss them, and I’m sure plenty of others won’t.

      Posted by Nilknarf Arbed on 2006 03 01 at 03:22 AM • permalink


    1. But Sadr’s army is also searching for other, less conspicous targets now. A sign hanging on the fence of the British cemetery near Waziriya, Baghdad, reads something to the effect of “How long will we keep the graves of our enemies and occupiers on our soil?” Even the dead will not be spared, it seems.

      There are several such cemeteries in Iraq. British cemeteries in Baghdad, Kut, Amara and Basrah. A cemetery for Indian colonial soldiers in Basrah, and another for Ottoman Turkish soldiers in Baghdad. Some famous figures of the British colonial era are buried there, such as Miss Gertrude Bell and General Stanley Maude.
      Zeyad’s Blog from Baghdad

      So the Death Cult is looking for graves to rob

      Posted by Voyager on 2006 03 01 at 03:24 AM • permalink


    1. presenting a museum of dehumanised Arabs.

      Oh please. I reach the same conclusion every time I watch Arabs setting fire to something, blowing something up, chopping off heads or threatening to do any of the above.

      Most of the Islamic world represents a museum of dehumanised Arabs (and the odd Asian). Despite being a general disgrace, SBS had nothing to do with that.

      Posted by Dan Lewis on 2006 03 01 at 03:30 AM • permalink


    1. “… presenting a museum of dehumanised Arabs.”

      To judge by events in Beirut and Damascus some Arabs are doing a pretty good job of this all by themselves.

      He’s right that SBS’s timing was perfect.  Three year old photos produced just as the Motoon wave was beginning to flatten.

      Muslim anger is just fine when it’s directed away from ‘us’ and against ideological enemies.

      Posted by Inurbanus on 2006 03 01 at 03:38 AM • permalink


    1. I thought Wakim’s criticisms were very fair and well articulated. Not that I necessarily agree with all of his analysis, but it’s good to see well reasoned debate coming from the Muslim community rather than the usual Keyser Trad nonsense.

      Posted by jpaulg on 2006 03 01 at 03:38 AM • permalink


    1. I liked the pre-911 SBS much better, back when they focused on programming that had absolutely nothing to do with Islam. They should at least revive their policy of showing a Jackie Chan movie every Saturday night.

      Posted by AussieJim on 2006 03 01 at 03:39 AM • permalink


    1. a museum of dehumanised Arabs

      like those “living fossils”.

      Posted by Brett_McS on 2006 03 01 at 03:40 AM • permalink


    1. #6. And whatever happened to Des Mangold’s Cult Cinema?  That was the best thing on television, not just on SBS.

      Posted by Brett_McS on 2006 03 01 at 03:47 AM • permalink


    1. I think you’ll find Joseph Wakim is an Arab Christian . . . how many muslims called “Joseph” do you know?

      That said, Arab Christians are almost as bad as Arab muslims in their attitudes towards Jews.

      Posted by Oafish and Infantile on 2006 03 01 at 03:50 AM • permalink


    1. I don’t get it!? The heading says “Courageous Broadcaster”, but then the item only goes on to mention SBS. I’m confused, could someone please clarify?

      Posted by Mr Snuffalupagus on 2006 03 01 at 03:50 AM • permalink


    1. “Palestinians” are manufactured then despatched, in some cases by their mothers, to add to the already stupidly pointless killing.
      Dehumanised, degraded, destructive, and kept destitute by despotic, demonic, deranged leaders.
      And yet the BBC and SBS cheer them on with a never ending series of documentries which manage always to condemn everyone but those most responsible for the continuation of these outer circles of hell.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2006 03 01 at 03:52 AM • permalink


    1. #11.  Well said.  I don’t know it it would be worth wading through the mental miasma to find out why they do this; I just do the same as an increasing number of others, and don’t bother with them any more.

      Posted by Brett_McS on 2006 03 01 at 04:11 AM • permalink


    1. Perhaps there is a rational Muslim voice that is unencumbered by the multicultural elite?

      Posted by gubbaboy on 2006 03 01 at 05:36 AM • permalink


    1. SBS just presented another Palestinian propaganda piece, slightly alleviated by a mention here and there of Israeli victims, who are always the prior ones pointlessly murdered.
      Yet again, the terrible, terrible coldness of the Hamas leaders was clear for all to see, yet the EU now stands ready to fund these incredibly evil people.
      As usual, ONLY the Arab disposed were given attention, as if they are a sufficient rationale for Hamas.
      No-one asked seriously why they were still ‘refugees’ at all, it is a mantra all must follow religiously; it’s the language of pitiless revenge and eternal, exploited victimhood .., exploited not by socialists now, but Jihadism.
      The 100,000s of displaced Jews from the Arab countries were systematically *ignored*, all victims of sheer hatred and revenge, not connected with preserving a legal State in serial wars..
      Why forgotten?  Because they all long ago made useful lives for themselves in Israel, their *only* refuge, despite losing all they had.

      Never expect SBS to be justice and balanced – never in my experience when Israel is the subject….

      Posted by Barrie on 2006 03 01 at 06:02 AM • permalink


    1. #6, #8. I agree. Like so many others, they’ve caught Bush Derangement Syndrome.

      On the bright side, they’re showing another episode of Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex followed by the film Baby Cart in Peril (from one of the best samurai movie franchises) on Thursday night

      Posted by Art Vandelay on 2006 03 01 at 07:22 AM • permalink


    1. Dateline is running ANOTHER, YES ANOTHER Abu Ghraib piece again next week! This week they featured a Syrian “torture” victim, and even though he was tortured in Syria by the Syrians, this story, just like ALL the others on the ridiculous Dateline program was all about America. Now that’s some commitment to multiculturalism!

      Posted by Brian on 2006 03 02 at 08:46 AM • permalink


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