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December 09, 2003Right to dignity? Images of the rotting carcasses of murdered Africans left lying in the street were shown at the World Violence World Media panel discussion today.
"The pictures of these bodies were shown without restraint," said Professor Serge Theophile Balima of the University of Burkino Faso. "If they were American, there would have been a code of practice preventing that but not when you are dealing with the corpses of Africans."
His words echoed the debate which raged after the bodies of American soldiers, captured and killed by Iraqis during the war, were shown on Al Jazeera and Abu Dhabi television. Western television channels had no qualms about showing the bodies of Iraqi victims, of course.
Jonah Goldberg brings another perspective, though - furious that US networks were no longer showing pictures of people leaping to death from the World Trade Center: "Well, I want to be disturbed. I say: Let's bring back the horror. Let's remind people what started this whole mess."