News bytes

– Murdoch’s Australian thinks anyone who questions the Howard government’s proposed anti-terror laws is “idiotic.” Only a propagandist – or groups with a vested political and financial interest – would not question such extreme measures.

– A BBC “analyst” is hurt by allegations in Robert Fisk’s new book.

– Guardian journalist Rory Carroll has been freed in Iraq.

– New York Times journalist Judith Miller allegedly witnessed “Bridgeview used car salesman Muhammad Salah being beaten, housed in a ‘refrigerator cell’ and threatened with rape by Israeli soldiers until he admitted to bankrolling overseas terrorists.”

– The Jerusalem Post is soon to launch a Christian edition. The Israeli right and Christian fundamentalists continue their short-term love affair.

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