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October 25, 2006

Is This The 'Forced Conversion The Media 'Forgot''

Topics: Follies of the Mainstream Media

Charles at LGF has noticed something very odd about news reports on the release of kidnapped AP photographer Emilio Morenatti. He notes that many of the reports compare it to the kidnapping of Fox News reporters Centanni and Wiig and describe that event - but not one of the mainstream news articles he's seen has mentioned that Centanni and Wiig were forced to convert to Islam as a condition for their release.

It does seem highly unlikely that the omission of such an important detail is an accident; is there some kind of "unspoken agreement" to steer clear of it.

As a case in point, LGF offers the Christian Science Monitor's account: Abduction signals troubling trend in Gaza.

Some of the details of the abduction bore similarities to the August kidnapping of two journalists for Fox TV, US reporter Steve Centanni and New Zealander cameraman Olaf Wiig, who were snatched at gunpoint from their vehicle. The two men, like Mr. Morenatti, had been staying in Gaza for several days at time.

After intensive campaigning by family members and colleagues, the two were released uninjured but told a harrowing story of their ordeal, including rough treatment and being moved from house to house. They were forced to make several videos, including one which aired on Al Jazeera and demanded the release of all Muslim female prisoners held by the US.

Notice CSM's failure to point out the not-so-little matter of their forced conversion to Islam. Is this now a politically incorrect topic of discussion on the part of the liberal, Islamo-apologetic media?

Posted by Richard at October 25, 2006 12:47 PM

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