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Helsingin Sanomat Headless Headlines…….

Helsingin Sanomat gets it wrong. In an article published last Tuesday (28.3.06) in the HS by INKA KOVANEN, she claimed that 30 men were found headless in northern Iraq. The UPI has just printed an update to the bogus story, proving the claim to have had the consistency of helium. While its true that false reports a hard to weed out, the reliance of the news wire services on local stringers for accurate news on a distant conflict, doesn’t always prove to be reliable.

Another issue is the refusal of the Finnish media to print retractions when they get it wrong. The New York Times just printed a retraction concerning the same story, but the million Euro question is…..will the Helsingin sanomat do the same? I am not holding my breath. KGS

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