Weird lack of attention about Iranian abduction

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The remarkable thing about today’s Leader in the Times (‘Britain’s Hostage Crisis‘) is how isolated it is. ‘In earlier times it [the abduction of 15 British sailors and marines by Iran] would have been an immediate casus belli’ the Leader intones.
Perhaps, but in earlier times it would also have been a clarion call to the media to start poring over maps of the Shatt al-Arab waterway, to begin trying to work out the motivations of Ahmadinejad and to launch into endless predictions about possible outcomes. Instead, we get a fly-on-the-wall description of the lead up to the incident from a journalist on board the HMS Cornwall in the Observer, some decent speculation by Marie Colvin, Tony Allen-Mills and Michael Smith in the Sunday Times, and occasional reports and updates.
On the plus side, this means there has not been the usual ramping up of tension by the media, leaving the government free to negotiate behind the scenes. But, on the other hand, it also means we are deprived of information and analysis about a major international incident which could have significant diplomatic and political repercussions.
Perhaps news organisations think we’re tired of Iraq / Iran coverage. Or maybe they’d rather concentrate on other things (like Northern Ireland). Whatever the reason, ‘The relative inattention’, as Andrew O’Hagan writes in today’s Telegraph, ‘is weird’ (‘Iran? Remember the Falklands Mr Blair’).

Written by Martin Moore

March 27th, 2007 at 12:12 pm

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  1. What’s that famous saying? Be careful what you wish for . . .

    Newscounter

    29 Mar 07 at 9:08 am

  2. You’re quite right. Spoke far too soon. And since then news media have been making up for lost time.

    Martin Moore

    31 Mar 07 at 1:06 pm

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