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Tuesday, October 09, 2007


U.S. forces beat and torture reporter; news at...never

...at least if you're listening to the U.S. corporate media. Iran's new Al Jazeera-like Press TV reports today that its reporter in Kabul, Afghanistan was detained for 18 hours and beaten and tortured by US forces late Sunday, and threatened that if he continued to work for the news network, his family would also suffer the consequences.

IRNA reports (with little detail) that Press TV broadcasts around the world are being jammed by the U.S. In the U.S., no jamming is required; "freedom of the press" (that is, the freedom of those who own the press and the airwaves to do what they want with them) guarantees minimal or no viewership. The more established Al Jazeera is available on exactly three local cable channels.

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