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we must remain careful not to focus excessively on the casualties and hardships in Afghanistan

1 Nov 2001

NEW YORK (Reuters/Variety) - In an effort to balance reports of significant civilian casualties in Afghanistan, CNN began emphasizing to viewers on Wednesday that the Taliban leadership is to blame for the situation. An internal memo from the network's standards and practices department was issued to all CNN staffers on Tuesday suggesting ``we must remain careful not to focus excessively on the casualties and hardships in Afghanistan that will inevitably be a part of this war, or to forget that it is the Taliban leadership that is responsible for the situation Afghanistan is now in.'' A CNN spokeswoman noted that "this is certainly something we were doing even before the memo,'' adding that the memo served as a reminder to staffers since CNN was going to be in Kandahar when the US was likely going to increase collateral damage

The Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia was formed in 1993 to combat rising religious intolerance in South Asia and to campaign for peace and justice in the region. We are committed to working towards a just, non-violent resolution of the crisis we are currently living through. If you are interested in joining us in this work, please call 617-983-3934 or e-mail info@alliancesouthasia.org

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