Calgary Sun | October 28, 2001 | Orest Slepokura
Letters to the Editor

Freedom of press a two-way street

Re: ("Osama's potent weapon," Eric Margolis, Oct. 21, 2001).

During the 1999 NATO bombing of Serbia and Kosovo, Eric Margolis insisted Slobodan Milosevic must be denied the means to air propaganda messages. Margolis -- and this is astonishing for a journalist -- even urged that Yugoslav media outlets, including radio and TV stations, be bombed. Shortly after, a skyscraper complex housing various media outlets in downtown Belgrade was demolished with, of course, the usual "collateral damage."

Now Margolis is singing an indignant tune. He writes: "[The White House] is trying to silence him [i.e. Osama bin Laden] by the disgraceful recourse of censoring America's media."

Different strokes for different folks, I guess.

Orest Slepokura

Editorial comment: (Good point.)