top
From the Open-Publishing Calendar
From the Open-Publishing Newswire
Indybay Feature
Mon May 16 2005
Despite Many Reports Confirming Abuse, Newsweek Apologizes For It's Coverage
Mon May 16 2005
Shooting The Messenger
5/16/2005: Protests over US abuses at Guantanamo have spread to Egypt, Sudan, the West Bank and Pakistan and the governments of Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and several other Muslim countries filed formal protests with Washington.

Even though there have been many reports of the use of Islam during interrogations at Guantanamo and several reports of the desecration of the Koran, Newsweek's "report" has taken most of the flak for the recent violence. Strangely Newsweek never had an article or report and what is at issue is a several word mention in a box to the side of a story merely stating that a government offical told them he saw a mention of the desecration incident in an unreleased document investigating conditions at the US prison camp. The reason for the focus on Newsweek was probably because Pakistani cricket legend turned politician Imran Khan displayed a copy of Newsweek when talking about the incident during a press conference last week. A more likely spark for the protests than an English language magazine was an interview on the BBC Urdu service earlier this month where former Guantanamo inmates reported that some Arab prisoners had still not spoken to their interrogators after three years to protest at the desecration of the Koran by guards at the camp.

Responding to pressure from the White House and Pentagon, Newsweek claims it checked with its source - a senior US official - who confirmed that he had come across references to the mistreatment of the Koran in the results of an US investigation into the mistreatment of prisoners at Guantanamo, but he was no longer certain that they had come from the specific report he had originally named. When Newsweek offered its sympathies "to victims of the violence and to the U.S. soldiers caught in its midst", the White House and much of the corporate media took this as an admission that the "story" was false and have forced Newsweek to retract its "story".

The head of Pakistan's conservative six-party Islamic alliance, Qazi Hussain Ahmed, told the BBC that Newsweek's clarification held no weight. "There have been reports by the prisoners who have been released from Guantanamo Bay of desecration of the holy Koran, and different atrocities perpetrated on them. Therefore, the clarification of Newsweek has no meaning."

The Newsweek Backtrack: Did the Right Win a Game of Chicken? | Reporting the truth | Newsweek Got Gitmo Right | Cageprisoners Publishes Quran Desecration Report
05/22/17 Effort Underway to Stop Neo-Nazi Band The Highway Murderers from Performing in San José Front Page | Racial Justice | Arts + Action | South Bay | Santa Cruz Indymedia05/22/17 Santa Cruz County Sheriff Jim Hart Collaborates with ICE, Refuses to Change Policy Front Page | Police State and Prisons | U.S. | Government & Elections | Immigrant Rights | Santa Cruz Indymedia05/20/17 Report Details Racial Bias in California’s Traffic Court System, Bills Address Disparities Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | Central Valley | San Francisco | California | U.S. | Government & Elections05/17/17 Section 8 Vouchers Help The Poor — But Only If Housing Is Available Front Page | Racial Justice | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Labor & Workers | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | Womyn | U.S. | Government & Elections05/16/17 As Oakland Holds Public Budget Forums Throughout May, Pressure Grows to Cut Police Funding Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | Health, Housing, and Public Services | East Bay | Government & Elections05/15/17 Young Natives Traveling, Sharing & Seeking Funds for the Resistance as Camps Begin to Grow Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Environment & Forest Defense | Racial Justice | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | East Bay | California | U.S.05/05/17 Oil Money Out, People Power In! March and Rally in Sacramento Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | Central Valley | California | Government & Elections05/05/17 Younger Workers Priced Out of Sonoma County Housing Market Front Page | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Education & Student Activism | North Bay / Marin05/03/17 Protest and March on May 9: No Penalty for Poverty — Housing for All Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Government & Elections | Santa Cruz Indymedia05/02/17 Students Reclaim Main Administrative Building at UC Santa Cruz to Press Demands Front Page | Racial Justice | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Education & Student Activism | Santa Cruz Indymedia04/30/17 West Bank Rises Up in Protest in Solidarity with 1500 Hunger Strikers in Israeli Prisons Front Page | Police State and Prisons | International | Palestine
Related Categories: Afghanistan
Collateral Damage Kunduz IndyRadio Wednesday Oct 7th 4:53 PM
Where Soldiers Come From Shelby Minister Monday Apr 14th 6:59 PM
America's Criminal Afghanistan Legacy Stephen Lendman (1 comment) Thursday Jan 30th 11:50 PM
A need Ted Rudow III, MA Thursday Nov 21st 12:56 PM
Is Canada guilty of war crimes? John McNamer (1 comment) Sunday Nov 17th 4:12 PM
Malalai Joya: A Woman Among Warlords ppjc Thursday Oct 3rd 5:06 PM
More News...