As a decades-long supporter, I never thought to check the reliability of its reporting. Only on seeing the organisation last year relaying messages from the infamous White Helmets did questions arise for me. Having since discovered a problem about the witness testimonies provided by Doctors Without Borders (MSF), I felt a need to look more closely at Amnesty International’s reporting. Amnesty had been influential in forming public moral judgements about the rights and wrongs of the war in Syria.
What if Amnesty’s reporting on the situation in Syria was based on something other than verified evidence? What if misleading reports were instrumental in fuelling military conflicts that might otherwise have been more contained, or even avoided? …
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Previously by Tim Hayward:
How we were misled about Syria: The role of Médicins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), by Tim Hayward, Dec 30, 2016
Tim Hayward is Professor of Environmental Political Theory at Edinburgh University. There he is also founding director of the Just World Institute and the Ethics Forum, cConvenor of the Fair Trade Academic Network and programme director of the MSc International Political Theory. His full biography on his website is here.