Thursday, June 26, 2008

More lazy mainstream journalism

Notice the caption shows a WHITE policeman firing his weapon and note too that the image refers to the recent so-called xenophobic attacks. The caption and image is totally misleading.

Associated Press and the BBC are left-wing mouthpieces so it comes as no surprise that showing a white policeman discharging his weapon is reminiscent of the 'bad old days of apartheid' and thus easy for their readers to swallow that the police in SA consists of the same mean white cops of old.

If the reporter is on the scene, why was photos of the actual incident not captured and posted? Maybe the image of black policemen firing on each other would undo the propaganda they spread about the idyllic utopia of the "rainbow nation"?

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Police forces exchange fire in SA

South African police opened fire on each other as national officers tried to break up a strike by local forces in Johannesburg, officials have said.

National police intervened to break up a strike by metro officers that was blocking traffic. Seven metro police officers were injured, they said.

A union official denied that local police had fired live rounds in response to rubber bullets.

The protest was triggered by complaints about salaries and nepotism.

South African Police Service (SAPS) Superintendent Eugene Opperman said the confrontation began when metro police who were blocking traffic refused to move.

If our members had fired live bullets at the SAPS, there would have been a bloodbath

"SAPS then used rubber bullets to disperse them," he said.

"They fired back with live bullets... We only used rubber bullets all through."

But Vincent Vena of the South African Municipal Workers Union challenged Supt Opperman's account.

"If our members had fired live bullets at the SAPS, there would have been a bloodbath," he said.

Correspondents say police in South Africa have a reputation for being heavy handed.

(Hat tip: Loggi)

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