Readers Niall and John have expressed dissatisfaction with my linking to the pictures and videos of the murder of Nick Berg.
As always I appreciate input from anyone, especially regular contributors like Niall and John.
I don’t think there’s any reason why anyone outside of intelligence or the media should see this tape, the contents add nothing to the statement “An American was beheaded”. No further details can be garnered through watching this.
I urge you not to click on the link, or pass on this link, and I urge Gavin to remove it.
Like your blog, mate, but this is beyond the pale.
Niall, 100% agree. No need for pictures from Abu Ghraid either other than “abuses took place”.
Something like this happened last year, when I published al’Jazeera stills of Iraqi casulties during the invasion. As ever I have to listen to views expressed, otherwise I would not be a very good blogger.
I am tempted to remove the link as Niall suggests, but for some reason I hesitate. I can’t say exactly why, but I shall think about very seriously over the next day or so.
There is no doubting that there is demand for the video however – some 5000 people have visited this weblog alone in two days to see the video.
Is removing the link serving any purpose? Is keeping it serving a purpose?
I’m not sure I agree with John when he says the pictures from Baghdad serve no purpose.
As I say, I will seriously consider this.