Tuesday, November 20, 2007

On Iraq reporting, libel and habeas data

Did media fail in reporting about the war in Iraq?

Prominent film directors Brian De Palma and Paul Higgis think so, according to a Reuters report.

Directors say war films make up for poor reporting
Source: Reuters
Nov. 15, 2007

Two Hollywood directors who are part of a wave of films about the war in Iraq and the broader fallout from the September 11, 2001 attacks have said they were only doing what media failed to do -- telling the truth.

Brian De Palma's "Redacted", arguably the most shocking feature yet about events in Iraq, hits theatres on Friday, using a documentary style to tell the true story of the gang rape and murder of an Iraqi girl by U.S. troops in 2006.

Paul Haggis also based "In The Valley Of Elah", already released, on true events linked to the war, although, unlike De Palma's cast of unknown actors, he employed major stars Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron and Susan Sarandon.

Both film makers have attacked mainstream media for their coverage of the Iraq war and events leading to it.

Read here for more.

Do you agree with their observations?

On the local front, Freedom Watch writes about Cong. Prospero Nograles's bill removing the penalty of imprisonment for libel but increasing the fines for the offense. The Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility's press alerts officer Jose Bimbo F. Santos also has a take on the issue.

In their latest posts, both Bimbo and Malaya reporter Anthony Ian Cruz also reported a speech Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno made on the writ of habeas data. (Bimbo's entry here, Cruz's here)

1 comment:

THE ANiTOKiD said...

The war in Iraq is all wrong. First and foremost, it was an invasion that happened. And it was all about the political aspects of black gold and not the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

People know the real score now. I believe that serious injustice has been done to Iraq and its people. And I kid you not!

And oh! Much thanks for the wishes you left at my site, kabayan! All the best!

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