Friday, November 10, 2006

Free press...

...with every ten packet tops.

I have just returned from marshalling on this year's UAE Desert Challenge. A blog about it, possibly with a photo or two, will follow once I've recovered from the sleep deprivation and jet lag that a week in Liwa entails.

This incident somewhat marred Thursday morning's proceedings, but, as reported in 7Days, most of the people in the chopper walked away and the pilot and co-pilot were taken for hospital treatment after a rather bumpy landing.

So the fact that an Abu Dhabi Police helicopter came down in an unplanned way is now public knowledge. Why then did the police find it necessary to stand over any and all photographers present and demand that all photographic evidence be deleted? Surely the crash hard landing investigators would have found photographic evidence invaluable? But no. Apparently, by expunging all pictures, it's as if the incident never occurred.

Speaking to a journalist working for one of the UAE national papers covering the Desert Challenge and in particular helicopter operations, I suggested that he might like to try some UnDelete software and apply it to the memory card in his camera. Whether pictures ever appear in the press is another matter.

4 comments:

Mme Cyn said...

This reminds me of an incident a couple of years ago in which a Women's University Which Shall Remain Nameless But Was Under the DXB Flight Path was bombarded with shrapnel when an Emirates jet lost part of the fuselage shortly after take off. The largest bit that hit right outside the gates was about the size of a 4x4. The cops had it cleared out within an hour. We were picking up airplane bits for a week -- some profs still use the debris as paperweights. But GN? A one-eighth column stating that a Frankfurt bound flight had to return shortly after take-off, due to a techinical problem. Not that it was serious, of course, but just to be absolutely sure. And sorry for the minor inconvenience. Ah, our free press.

Luna Piena said...

this is nothing compared to what the dubai police and press keep hidden. i know of murders, hit & run and rape stories that have never hit the papers. and they never will. its actually common knowledge amogst us locals... but will never be proven by the press. this is dubai's way of keeping up with the lie that is 'dubai is perfect'. shit happens everywhere, and that's quite normal. but shit just doesnt happen in dubai.

Taunted said...

"Apparently, by expunging all pictures, it's as if the incident never occurred."

Remember The Dry Docks incident???

LawfulGoodOf Cowplain said...

Oceania has always been at war with Eurasia...

 

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