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15th-Apr-2009 12:58 am
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15th-Apr-2009 09:08 am (UTC)
I'd have expected better research from that Johann Hari article, one-liner allegations do not a story make. Both the illegal dumping and illegal fishing lines could have made for some strong and high-impact journalism if there had been more detail on thel inkages and the supply chains. This is tabloid emoting at best.
15th-Apr-2009 09:18 am (UTC)
Where can I find this detail? Do you have information?
15th-Apr-2009 09:26 am (UTC)
Not me personally, otherwise I'd be a successful journalist. But he could have cited more detail on the Italian mafia operations by talking (or colleagues in Italy) to Italian police officials and experts in organised crime. He could have followed the trail of the expended radioactive material back to the hospitlas he claims it was from, he could have cited the scientists who have identified the particular batches of materials. With even less effort he could have asked about the "ore" ships and illegal trawlers who've been attacked - named boats, etc. Same with fishing, where are these boats from? Where do they take their fish too? Who is ignoring the landing of illegal fish?

The Independent has previously gone in-depth of such issues as the opium from Afghanistan and people-trafficking, so why the lazy writing?
15th-Apr-2009 10:47 am (UTC)
why the lazy writing?

It's an article by Hari. He's a columnist and media tart, not an actual journalist. I kinda like him, but he is useless.
15th-Apr-2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
Oh brother. Somalia doesn't even have anything worth stealing. We went charging in there to save their asses during their civil war and this is the thanks we get? They're on their own.
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