Monday, 23 February 2009

What's the story?

It's easy enough to compare and contrast the BBC and Guardian's stories this afternoon about Binyam Mohamed. For the Guardian, the main issue is that Mohamed "today accused Britain of involvement in his alleged torture." For the BBC, such allegations must first be put in a context that invites readers to doubt Mohamed's credibility:
A British resident detained at Guantanamo Bay for more than four years has arrived back in the UK.

Ethiopian-born Binyam Mohamed, 30, landed at RAF Northolt in London on Monday afternoon, accompanied by Metropolitan Police officers.

What is fascinating about the Guardian's coverage of the ongoing story, led by Richard Norton-Taylor, is the way it keeps hinting at the contents of the documents suppressed at the request of David Miliband:
There is a growing belief that documentary evidence exists pointing to Downing Street's awareness of allegations of the serious mistreatment of Mohamed between 2002 when he was first seized in Pakistan and 2004 when he was abducted and flown to Guantánamo Bay.

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