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Monday, 16 October, 2006

  • Newsnight
  • 16 Oct 06, 05:12 PM

prayer_203.jpgThe super-mosque being planned for East London; the evolving taboos concerning religious and cultural criticism; Madonna’s adoption controversy; identity fraud surveys; and the Briton who’s been in a US jail for 20 years, despite evidence to suggest his conviction was a miscarriage of justice.

Comment on Monday’s programme here.

Lancet report: was the pre-war death rate assumption too low?

  • Paul Mason
  • 16 Oct 06, 01:57 PM

A number of commentators have questioned one key assumption in the Johns Hopkins/Lancet report: the pre-war death rate of 5.5 per thousand. If the pre-war death rate had been higher, the difference with the post war finding (13.3) would have been smaller and the number presumed killed as a result of the conflict lower....

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Writing that "655,000 dead" report

  • Paul Mason
  • 16 Oct 06, 09:46 AM

I would just like to add some points, as the reporter who covered a story that has now become controversial on the BBC Editor's Blog:
1) The "pre-mails" were interesting, generally forwarded to me by Peter - but they did not influence my report. I became aware that some of them might do - the point is I do not care whether somebody complains in the aftermath about my stuff, as long as I have worked in good faith and followed the (i) the principles of my profession (ii) the rules laid down by my bosses (distinclty in that order)....

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