Monday, July 07, 2008

Lockerbie, Kochler and the media

Professor Hans Kochler, the UN monitor of the Lockerbie trial, has attacked the Scottish media for its coverage of Megrahi's appeal. (Scottish newspapers accused of shirking investigative duties )

Kochler believes Scottish journalists are becoming unwilling to question the government version of events.

Kochler believes editors and executives refuse to finance proper reporting.

According to Kochler: "As far as Lockerbie is concerned I can't understand why more isn't being done by the European country that was most concerned with it. There is a lot at stake: the rule of law, security, the role of international terrorism. Why isn't somebody trying to find out why the authorities are now trying to withhold evidence and delaying everything?"

In a letter to campaigner Brian Robertson, Kochler mentions the subject of a media blackout. He wrote: "Where are Scotland's investigative journalists?"

Kochler claims that editors are under establishment pressure.

Eamonn O'Neill, an experienced investigative journalist and the head of the University of Strathclyde's masters in the discipline, says that investigative reporting will allow newspapers to prosper.

"They can make money out of it. The people who read good investigations have more disposable income and that can be attractive to advertisers," he says. (Scottish newspapers accused of shirking investigative duties)


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