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(generated from captions) when they saw that photo They certainly weren't happy child pornography charges. under a headline about I'm Monica Attard. Hello and welcome to Media Watch. porn charges at all. The two doctors aren't facing on page two The photo related to another story to the northern New South Wales town welcoming them as new doctors of Armidale. you'd have guessed But that's not what from a quick look at the front page. the 'Armidale Independent' When the doctors approached or at least a clarification - for a retraction - they were even more shocked.

especially if you're a doctor. A bit hard to ignore, the paper finally clarified. But we're happy to report to explain this photo Unlike the 'Herald Sun' which is yet to its readers.

the International Polar Year The story is about uncover from their research and the secrets scientists hope to in the Arctic and Antarctic waters. and captioned as an iceberg But the photo the 'Herald Sun' used isn't all it seems. near the Arctic Circle It's a deliberate fake, by a nature photographer composed eight years ago using a series of pictures. the myth-busting website, As the photographer told he designed the image to show that: Ain't that the truth! Hope not! will get a run again? But what's the bet this photo on the shrinking Arctic ice, Those stranded polar bears tugged at the heart-strings. victims of global warming, certainly not only in the 'Sunday Telegraph', That photo was published of 'The New York Times'. it made it onto the front page Tribune'. And the 'International Herald 'The Times' of London It also ran in London's 'Daily Mail', and that's just to name a few. and Canada's 'Ottawa Citizen' - of global warming All used it as evidence of the polar bear. and the imminent demise But the photo wasn't current. It was 2.5 years old. by Canadian environmentalists. And it wasn't snapped biology student on a field trip. It was taken by an Australian marine And in what month did she take it? of the Arctic ice cap melt Summer, when every year the fringes of global warming. regardless of the wider effects So were the polar bears stranded? Denis Simard of Environment Canada. And they didn't appear stranded to He told Canada's 'National Post'. Polar bears are good swimmers. So, how did all this come about? photo to fellow cruiser, Dan Crosbie, Photographer Amanda Byrd gave her to have a look. 2.5 years after it was taken, Associated Press released the photo the United Nations released on the day its major global warming report. 'Sunday Telegraph' got the photo, That's where Sydney's the 'Daily Mail' - running it with a story taken from as Neil Breen explains. The photograph represents

on ice that's melting. polar bears standing account of when that was taken now, Now, obviously there's a disputed

in the Alaskan summer and maybe it was taken

ice to melt. when you would naturally expect it was sent to us, But at the time when in their caption to us, told us Associated Press, of melting ice caps that the picture was taken and to do with global warming by a Canadian ice authority and that it was sent to them and we had no reason to question it. photo necessarily described But Amanda Byrd didn't think her whether global warming is occurring. That's not how Al Gore saw it. on man-made global warming. He used it in a presentation and at a distance, they're cute. That's because they're bears elevated to cult status recently - Just like an even cuter example Knut. poor, sweet Knut rejected at birth You can't have missed the story of only to face calls and raised by a zoo keeper that he be given a lethal injection. Journalists were queuing up animal liberationists. to talk about those unfeeling around the world Knut made headlines better dead than raised by humans. when activists insisted he'd be when animal rights activists ...made headlines last week suggested he be put down. at the centre of a fierce debate Now to the polar bear cub live. over whether it should want it killed. And animal rights activists It was all a complete fiction. Around the world, dubious German tabloid 'Bild' the media took the word of the rather as gospel.

of poor Knut, In its revelation of the plight rights campaigner Frank Albrecht. 'Bild' fingered animal That's a half truth. against Leipzig Zoo Frank Albrecht had taken legal action another motherless cub. for putting down the zoo's argument He lost when the court accepted would be against the law of nature. that raising the cub by human hand parallels between the Leipzig cub So, Frank Albrecht raised the obvious and Knut. consistent with the court decision, Frank Albrecht was saying that to be Knut. the Berlin Zoo would have to kill that Knut be put down. He wasn't actually suggesting half-closed. But 'Bild' preferred to keep its eyes about animal loving nuts And it embellished its story wanting to kill Knut, director of another German zoo. with quotes from Wolfram Ludwig, around the world too. His name was flashed in 'The Australian'. The London 'Times' story ran here

from Mr Ludwig. That story left out a crucial comment It was important after all, was still facing calls for execution. that readers believed that the bear say was incidental to the main game. But whatever Wolfram Ludwig had to his name right! Reporters couldn't even get was keen to expose 'Bild'. One reputable German newspaper That's certainly true. to investigate 'Bild's story But has anyone in Australia bothered and tell the truth? 2UE's John Laws was indignant on air to check if the story was true. when we asked what efforts he'd made of Local Radio 702 says: Here at the ABC, Virginia Trioli So do we. correction to its online coverage ABC News told us it will now add a of Knut. But it's all a bit late for Frank Albrecht. For his efforts, he's been a target of hate mail on websites around the world.

And the zoo-keeper Wolfram Graf-Rudolf told us: So congratulations to the world's media for saving a bear that was never facing death and putting in mortal danger two animal-loving men who never intended it any harm. That's it from us tonight.

Thanks for joining us, and don't forget, if you go to our website at: You can look at our transcripts and log onto our message board. See you next week. Captions by Captioning and Subtitling International.


Good evening. At least 20 people are

now feared dead and hundreds are

homeless after the Solomon Islands'

tsunami. Waves of up to five metres

flattened villages and swept people

out to sea. News of the disaster

caused concern in parts of Australia

with fears that a big wave could hit

the east coast. In Queensland,

the east coast. In Queensland, people headed away from the coast. And in

New South Wales, beaches were closed

and Sydney ferry services suspended

as a precaution. Australia's leading

Muslim is at the centre of a fresh

controversy, this time over the fate

of thousands of dollars in donations.

Sheikh Taj el-Din al-Hilali has been

asked to provide proof that he

asked to provide proof that he didn't mishandle charity funding meant for

victims of the war in Lebanon. The

Lebanese Muslim association has

offered to pay back $10,000 to

offered to pay back $10,000 to donors after it was revealed that money was

given to a radio station with

suspected links to insurgents in

Iraq. A family's hopes of installing

a swimming pool have come crashing

down the crane hoisting an excavator

over the house in Darwin toppled and

its boom crushed the roof. No one

its boom crushed the roof. No one was inside at the time and the crane

driver escaped unhurt. More news in

'Lateline' at 10:30. Goodnight.

CC Tonight on Difference of Opinion - what's fueling the

fear of Muslims in Australia?

Can Islam comfortably co-exist

in our secular society and can

a Nu Breed of Australian

Muslims help resolve the

conflict in our community?

Good evening and welcome to

Difference of Opinion. You know

we have a serious problem in

this country when the President

of the Lebanese Muslim

Association writes "Australians

have had enough of us." We've

seen a number of examples in

Australia where Islam has

provoked fear and friction. In

response, some are even calling

for an end to Muslim migration

to this country. Tonight we

explore what's fueling this

fear with a youthful panel

representing a cross section of

faiths and cultures. Tanveer

Ahmed is a doctor specialising

in mental health and also an

author and column ist. Born in

Bangladesh, he's a

non-practicing Muslim. Canberra

writer and researcher Shakira

Hussein is currently at the ANU

completing her PhD on

encounters between Western and

Muslim win. This is a brigadier

whose service included 32 years

in the Middle East and service

with the SAS counter-terrorism.

He kurnl l currently heads the

Australian Christian Lobby.

Anthy Lowenstein is a board

member of Macquarie's Centre of

Middle East studies and an

honourary associate with the Department of Politics and

International Relations. A very

warm welcome to you all. APPLAUSE

And with us each week

cartoonist Warren Brown. I'm

very much looking to tonight's

subject and being a fully paid

up cartoonist I will try not to

land myself in too much hot

water. First to you Tanveer

Ahmed, was it the terrorist

attacks on September 11, 2001

that made Muslims in this

country public enemy number

one? I guess the simple answer

is yes, in terms of public

perception, certainly I think

the fear or the suspicion surrounding Muslims would

certainly have begun with

September 11 and probably been

heightened further with say the

London bombings. But like most

things, most complex problems,

it's been building for probably

decades before it, before it

comes to the public perception,

I think. And in many ways, if

we talk about terrorism, it

probably goes to the heart of

many of the forces shaping our

world today. I've heard

terrorism called say

globalisation's dark shadow or

the parasite of progress and I

think there's some truth in

that. So it's enormous -

there's an enormous complexity

when we talk about terrorism

and its encompasses a lot of

the major forces shaping our

world. But of course the fear

factor I think is driven

primarily from international

events within Australia and

some dhesic events, in

particular the race riots and

possibly the gang rapes as

well. But I think most of the

fear is certainly generated from international events. Antony, during those

gang rape trials some of those defendants called out challenging the court and

invoked the name of Allah, did

that also ignite some of this

fear? I think it did. I think

the problem with the Cronulla

riots was that for many people

internationally they viewed the

Cronulla riots as rechting

Australia. In other words that

Australians were racists, they

didn't like Muslims, they

didn't like anyone who looked

like them, essentially white

people. I think it's

interesting it brought up for

many people like the perception

that Pauline Hanson did 10

years ago and I'd argue what

the Howard Government has done

since then. In any ways imgraix

has gone up during the Howard

year, it's a very politically

effective to demonise a grew.

Years ago it was Asians now

it's become muz lims. For me as

a Jew I see the Muslims become

the new Jews. It's easy to

demonise a new group who are

not represented in Australia at

least represented in the

parliament. For many non-Muslim, which is the

majority of the Australian

population, they seem fearful

that them are going to do

something to us. I would argue

that we're a community with

differences but in in many ways

should be seen as one. Shakira

have you experienced this fear

yourself? Has it been directed

at you? Occasionally and when

you speak about these things

publicly anybody who speaks

about politics and or religion

publicly can expect a certain amount of feedback and in

person you get the odd remark,

particularly if you're wearing

Pakistani looking clothing,

even though that's not a specifically Muslim style of dress, yes. And you should

explain, you have a Catholic

mum and a Pakistani Muslim

father. Yes, we're a very

multireligious family. And I

think we've had more bitter arguments about television

shows than we have had about

religion ever. Jim. I think if

I could just say I don't think

it's only 9/11 and the only

dramatic incidents that have

occurred that is the problem

here. I think it's we get a

constant stream of things which

attack our sensibility in the

West in terms of the

relationship between Islam and

- or church and state wnt

Islam, the role of women,

things like the response - even

on an individual level to

instances like only last week I

understand in Nigeria a teacher

was clubbed to death by her

students because she dropped a

pile of book in which there was

a Koran. I think it's also this

constant stream of more minor incidents which tends to lend

itself to the fear as well. Shakira you've chosen

tonight not to veil your

head. No, I don't generally do

so. I do occasionally wear

hijab when I know that my

Muslim sisters who are wearing

hijab are becoming particular

targets for harassment so I

will sometimes wear nit

solidarity with them but it's

not my general habit. Would you

say though in our culture here

in Australia, that defining

difference with a piece of

dress that really stretches

back to medieval times sets

that group of women apart from

the majority? In your case

you've chosen tonight not to

define that difference. No, but

I do schooz sometimes to look

visibly ethnic or visibly

Pakistani or visibly Muslim,

whatever you like, in order to

show that say a person who is

standing up in a university