Friday, March 17, 2006

BBC & the 'T' word

BBC News:
Gujarat police 'kill militants'

Police in the western Indian state of Gujarat say that they have killed four suspected militants.

Senior police official PP Pande told the BBC that the militants were killed in the fighting in the state capital, Ahmedabad early on Friday.

He said a policeman was injured in the fighting.

Mr Pande said the police had information that militants were planning to carry out attacks against prominent persons in the state.

The police suspect that the militants were members of a militant group which is active in Indian-administered Kashmir.
Enough already! We get the message - they were militants, right? Even that senior police official said so, didn't he? Or did he? Well, not according to NDTV, who actually quote him:
Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) PP Pande said "prima facie it appears that the four terrorists gunned down in Vatva locality belong to Kashmir-based outfit Harkat-ul-Mujahedeen."
Is Mr Pande really using one phrase for domestic media and another for foreign agencies? Or is the BBC now so repelled by the 'T' word that it can't even report its use by someone else?


Blogger Clematis Fraud said...

Great story. It is full to the brim of verified facts and it has been meticulously cross-checked with other sources. The reporter - who was clearly at the scene - has really does his homework on this one.

"Police...say...suspected militants...

"Senior police official PP Pande told the BBC...he said...

"Mr Pande said the police had information that militants were planning to carry out attacks...

"The police say they suspect...

"Mr Pande said..."

Brilliant stuff.

1:03 pm  

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