Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Double standards

Much as expected, the international media have carried extensive coverage of the death of Augusto Pinochet, the former Chilean dictator who died over the weekend aged 93.

Quite rightly, most outlets have concentrated on Pinochet’s human rights record.

But for a bit of perspective, I encourage you to read this piece by Nevil Gibson, editor in chief of the National Business Review, a business weekly in New Zealand.

Referring to the way Western media have covered Pinochet's death, Gibson writes: “Contrast these obituaries … with the reverent treatment of Cuba’s Fidel Castro, who is also lingering in the twilight of his much longer dictatorship."

Read it here.


Anonymous asombra said...

No, not double standards. That is too polite, too considerate. Call it rank hypocrisy, willful blindness, gross opportunism, malicious dishonesty--and those are still not harsh enough, but closer to the mark.

12:38 pm  

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