Odai Sirri, an Al-Jazeera journalist, said the feeling at the Arabic satellite news channel is that the American news organizations rolled over for the U.S. military.
Not only did newspapers reject the photos, but most U.S. television networks passed on airing the images of the PoWs.
As the distributors of the information or propaganda that both sides are attempting to get out, the news media in this war are clearly under pressure."Journalists are very important to both sides because this a psychological war," Mr. Sirri
said."The Americans and Iraqis are trying to use us."
Al-Jazeera is accused of slanting its coverage in favour of the Iraqis, but Mr. Sirri
feels the U.S. media is applying a double standard: It's acceptable to parade Iraqi prisoners in front of the cameras, but not Americans.
Were the U.S. newspapers that chose not to publish the photos making a responsible decision?After all, families had been notified by the time the Monday editions rolled off the presses.The pictures were already on the Al-Jazeera Web site.Weren't readers entitled to get the complete picture of the war?
The Pentagon didn't think so.