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Canwest Papers and the "T-Word"

by Mike Fegelman

Canwestlogo1_1 Readers of the Victoria Times Colonist got a much different version of an AP wire report about factional fighting in the Gaza Strip.

According to the report:

?After nightfall, the Hamas TERRORISTS attacked the house with grenades and at least 12 rockets, killing the security officer, according to witnesses and Fatah official Tawfiq Abu Khoussa, who called the assault "criminal murder."

?The persistent clashes — large-scale confrontations that began in Gaza a month ago — are a result of the intensifying power struggle between the Islamic TERRORIST Hamas and the Fatah movement led by moderate President Mahmoud Abbas.?

In striking contrast, the same AP report as picked up by both the Regina Leader Post and the Saskatoon Star Phoenix stated:

?After nightfall, the Hamas MILITANTS attacked the house with grenades and at least 12 rockets, killing the security officer, according to witnesses and Fatah official Tawfiq Abu Khoussa, who called the assault "criminal murder."

?The persistent clashes — large-scale confrontations that began in Gaza a month ago — are a result of the intensifying power struggle between the Islamic MILITANT Hamas and the Fatah movement led by moderate President Mahmoud Abbas.?

As in the past, HonestReporting Canada commends Canwest papers (specifically the Times Colonist) that exercise their right to modify language in wire reports that whitewash terrorist organizations. Under Canadian law, Hamas is designated a terrorist organization, and its history of murder, suicide bombings and other attacks on civilians certainly qualifies it as a terrorist group.

Interestingly, this policy is not being applied uniformly across all of Canwest?s papers.

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