Tim Blair


New Criterion



Tuesday, June 17, 2003
NOW WE KNOW WHY the ABC has banned discussion of the student-led revolt in Iran.

On tonight's national television news service, the unrest was referred to as "the US-backed street protests".

This formulation is unforgivable. It interprets the events as the result of US initiatives, and not of local frustration with oppressive theocracy.

Whoever authorised that formulation of the news deserves an immediate "please explain" from anyone who might be playing the role of Manager of the ABC.

If that doesn't happen at the staff level, the Chairman should initiate it.

If he won't, Board members who believe in professional journalism should shout until action is taken.