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Media hypocrisy over Prince Harry and Ben Griffin

Issue No. 2091

Two soldiers – two very different fates. Last week saw the sickening spectacle of the mainstream media fawning over Prince Harry’s Afghanistan adventure.

Contrast Harry’s treatment with that of Ben Griffin, the former SAS soldier who quit the army in disgust at the illegal operations of occupation forces in Iraq.

Griffin spoke out at a Stop the War Coalition press conference to reveal how British special forces had been handing over suspects to the US for “rendition” and subsequent torture.

Ben Griffin was served with a high court injunction on Thursday of last week banning him from speaking publicly about, or publishing material from, his time as a soldier in Iraq.

While the media uncritically serves up spin from the royal family, returning soldiers that really do have tales to tell are silenced by the force of law.

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What We Think
Tue 4 Mar 2008, 19:06 GMT
Issue No. 2091
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