|Originally posted by TNCatFancier
BTW.........it is against the conditions of humane treatment (as established by the Geneva Convention) to publicly exhibit prisoners of war. Does the BBC know this?
Yes, the BBC and all other European press agencies were well aware of that.
Only, it wasn't the BBC that violated the Convention, the Iraqis did.
The moment the Iraqis decided to show the PoWs on TV, it became news.
News agencies in Europe consider it their duty to report all news, whether they like what it is about or not.
This is the official reason why these TV images were shown.
A more practical reason for repeating the images, was probably that anyone with a satellite dish has access to Al Jazeera, Iraq TV, Kurdistan TV and 8-10 other Arab stations.
MBC (an Arab station), RPT (Marocco) and TRT (Turkey) are on many cable networks.
So there was no way of keeping the images out of European homes anyway.
Back to your other point.
<<It is my understanding that the direction of the White House not to show the POWs was not to shield the American people from the plight of the soldiers but was to respect the feelings of the families and friends of the POWS>>
OK, this may or may not be true. I can't judge that.
However, I believe that no matter how well intended, it is wrong for ANY government to dictate to the press what they should or should not publish.
A government simply does not have that right.
Maybe I am being paranoid here, but controlling the press is something that happens in a dictatorship and NOT in a democracy.