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In defence of the shocking

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Bernard-Henri Levy picks apart the media reaction to the Paris Match Taliban photographs taken by photographer Veronique de Viguerie and asks the question - When are news photographs too shocking for public consumption? - After firing a broadside at the commentators and government officials who lambasted de Viguerie and Paris Match, he offers a staunch defence of journalists,
They are journalists, not social workers or soldiers or military auxiliaries. They are not part of a strategy, nor do they participate or enlist in a war effort. Their duty, their only duty, is to show, to reveal, to lay out what they can, to extract the truth from the vast realm of what is hidden and cannot be shown. At the risk of shocking? Yes, at the risk of shocking. At the risk of waking people up. At the risk of telling the public--which, as usual, really does not want to look--that it must look. At the risk of embarrassment? Yes, at the risk of embarrassment. At the risk of breaking down the wall of silence, forcing the military to tell the families something it clearly did not want to say--that at least one of the 10 soldiers was murdered with a knife. link


John Vink | September 23, 2008 9:31 AM

Yes, great.

Unfortunately mister BHL sometimes thinks he is a journalist and ends up ridiculing himself like not so long ago in an article about the conflict in Georgia published in Le Monde and later unraveled by Rue89 (see here: http://www.rue89.com/2008/08/22/bhl-na-pas-vu-toutes-ses-choses-vues-en-georgie)

Anonymous | September 23, 2008 9:37 AM

Thanks for the link John... You've got to admit the link I posted is a pretty good rant though.

John Vink | September 24, 2008 11:00 PM

I agree to what he says there of course. But that's probably because I know I'm not a social worker etc...

How about those 'who don't want to look'? Mr BHL seems to have taken liberties with the truth for the sake of noble causes before (shall we call that propaganda?), so will he be credible to them if they know about his methods?