2007/09/18

A Bit of Unpleasantness

This story in Emirates Today is fascinating on at least a couple of levels:
  1. Like most articles here, the name of the criminal is not given. However, the article does give you the URL of the website so that you can look it up yourself. Maybe it is just me, but it almost seems like they are begging you to look it up.

  2. Why print the name of the victim in this case? Hasn't he been humiliated enough? I tried to imagine what it would be like if I were in his place. I wouldn't want my name in this story.

  3. This has got to be the leader for most tasteless headline of the year. I can't find it now, but I swear that even The Sun, a British newspaper most famous for running pictures of topless women, had a headline more tasteful than this (it was something like "Wee Attack").

Speaking of headlines, the editors at 7 days' version tries taking the opposite tack, trying to beat out Claud Cockburn's famous "Most Boring Headline".

4 comments:

Alexander said...

Named and shamed. Jailed for four months before being deported.

Lucky he was from Abu Dhabi. If he was from Dubai, we'd never have heard of it... would we?

Roze said...

I hope you dont mind but I have linked you in one my posts-on roundabouts becasue quite frankly mine doesnt do it justice, and you have taken excellent photos of these amazing roundbouts. If its not to your liking please let me know and i wont mind taking it off at all.

Also, I recently read your post about your wife not being ill. I hope she is doing well, and I hope you are all re-united as a family in good health and peace.

Roze said...

sorry I meant your wife being ill...

sorry!!!

Hyde DP said...

I just wonder how different the story would have been if this had happened in economy class.