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The Earley Edition has officially moved to My dot com, that is. Thanks for joining me.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Syrian minister 'commits suicide'

"Syria's Interior Minister Ghazi Kanaan has committed suicide, the official news agency in Damascus says." (Via BBC News.)

Now, while the official news agency in Damascus may have in fact included the words "commits" and "suicide" in their statement, the very use of quotation marks in the story's headline is a clear indication that the BBC considers suicide to be unlikely. Until more is known, this is very misleading for people who only read headlines, like me. Now I'll go read the story and see if I've got anything different to say.

The story says nothing to suggest it was anything other than what was announced by the Syrian Arab News Agency, a suicide. The BBC headline is misleading. Without the quotation marks it would not be.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 10/12/2005 10:16:00 pm || || Return to Top