Friday, February 17, 2006

Special Bellicose Service

As Nicky noted in his post below, al-Jazeera's southern hemisphere affiliate, aka SBS,
threatens the lives of our troops by publishing photographs of alleged troop abuses at Abu Graib.

Not allegations of new abuses, mind you, but salacious images of events taken more than two years ago after the US military raised the issue and dealt with the offenders. Yet they won't show the Mohammed cartoons...

SBS not only deliberately fans the flames of international hatred but also does it with your money.

Australian taxpayers support SBS to the tune of about $60 million a year. I'd like that to stop now.

With the advent of pay television and access to international satellite broacasts there is no need to supply Special Broadcasting Services to Australians.

From this point in time I'd like to start a campaign. The first to the board of SBS.

Tell them that you will start writing letters to other corporate boards on which they sit and say you will boycott their products until SBS News does what it's supposed to and that is report the news.

Second is send letters and e-mails to Senator Helen Coonan Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts to request the government slash funding for SBS.

Before free speech advocates castigate me for trying to stifle SBS, I shall go on record now to say that SBS should keep running but I don't think that I should have to pay for it.

-- Nora

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