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Censorship in action

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Props to Nigel for pointing out a glorious example of Qatari self-censorship in action. Here, side by side, are a Reuters article and its redactions in the Gulf Times and Peninsula, with significant differences in red:

REUTERSGULF TIMESPENINSULA
A long-planned $3 billion bridge linking Bahrain and Qatar has been put on hold and the project team scaled back, sources close to the project said, amid escalating costs and increased political tension.A long-planned $3bn bridge linking Bahrain and Qatar has been put on hold and the project team scaled back, sources close to the project said.A long-planned $3bn bridge linking Bahrain and Qatar has been put on hold and the project team scaled back amid escalating costs, sources close to the project have said.
The 40-kilometre causeway linking gas exporter Qatar to the island kingdom of Bahrain was set to play a key role in improving infrastructure connections between members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), but has been beset by problems.The 40-km causeway linking Qatar to the island kingdom of Bahrain was set to play a key role in improving infrastructure connections between members of the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC), but has been beset by problems.The 40-kilometre causeway linking Qatar to Bahrain was set to play a key role in improving infrastructure connections between members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
The project, first announced in 2001, had already been delayed in 2008 to change the project scope to include trains, and late last year the countries said work would start in the first quarter and be completed by 2015.The project, first announced in 2001, had already been delayed in 2008 to change the project scope to include trains, and late last year the countries said work would start in the first quarter and be completed by 2015.The project, first announced in 2001, had already been delayed in 2008 to change the project scope to include trains, and late last year the countries said work would start in the first quarter and would be completed by 2015.
That fresh date came and went, however, and the project prospects were further dampened in May, when Bahrain said Qatar's coast guard shot and wounded a Bahraini fisherman who had entered Qatari waters.
The project has seen many, many problems (and there were) also the political tensions,' a source close to the project told Reuters, adding 'the team has been significantly decreased.' “The project has seen many, many problems..,” a source close to the project told Reuters, adding “the team has been significantly decreased.”
The exact reason for the suspension of the project was not immediately clear, although Jassim Ali, a member of the economic committee of Bahrain's parliament, said 'the project has been on hold for some time, but it is not cancelled,' adding cost increases and financing issues had played a role.The exact reason for the suspension of the project was not immediately clear, although Jassim Ali, a member of the economic committee of Bahrain’s parliament, said “the project has been on hold for some time, but it is not cancelled”, adding cost increases and financing issues had played a role.Jassim Ali, a member of the economic committee of Bahrain's parliament, said “the project has been on hold for some time, but it is not cancelled,” adding cost increases and financing issues had played a role.
Contractors for the project, the latest official cost estimate for which stands at $3 billion, include France's Vinci and Germany's Hochtief , Qatari Diar Real Estate and Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC).Contractors for the project, the latest official cost estimate for which stands at $3bn, include France’s Vinci and Germany’s Hochtief AG, Qatari Diar Real Estate and Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC).Contractors for the project France’s Vinci and Germany’s Hochtief AG, Qatari Diar Real Estate and Consolidated Contractors Company.
A spokesman for Hochtief confirmed the construction phase had never been reached.A spokesman for Hochtief confirmed the construction phase had never been reached.A spokesman for Hochtief confirmed the construction phase had never been reached.
'We got a contract to do some planning (for the bridge), which we did, but a contract for the actual construction was never commissioned,' he said.“We got a contract to do some planning (for the bridge), which we did, but a contract for the actual construction was never commissioned,” he said.
Member countries of the GCC, a loose political and economic bloc, are trying to integrate their economies, with four of them eyeing a joint currency, but have built up little cross-border infrastructure.
The rail tracks on the causeway were to have been part of a planned train network that would connect the members of the GCC, which also include Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman and the UAE.

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gustavolacerda
Jun. 8th, 2010 05:11 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a great dataset to have for computational linguistics.
gustavolacerda
Jun. 8th, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC)
They both credit Reuters, without explaining that it's redacted. This feels wrong. Is Reuters ok with it?
qatar
Jun. 8th, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC)
It's quite unusual NOT to edit wire articles -- usually for length, though, not objectionable content. :-)
zahariel
Jun. 8th, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
Political tensions, eh? Like "Qatar and Bahrain are now at war, which they weren't when the bridge was announced." That would be a tension, right? Still, this censorship is pretty great, I have to admit.
ummon.wordpress.com
Jun. 9th, 2010 07:10 am (UTC)
surprised anyone. and it does really stand out when you display it this way.
neat...
(Anonymous)
Jun. 9th, 2010 08:09 am (UTC)
Censorship?
I don't see this as "Censorship", it looks like they don't want to publish the idea of "Political Tension" between Qatar and Bahrain in Qatari newspapers...
(Anonymous)
Jun. 9th, 2010 11:53 am (UTC)
Re: Censorship?
Censorship:
The practice of suppressing a text or part of a text that is considered objectionable according to certain standards.

www.medialit.org/reading_room/article565.html
(Anonymous)
Jun. 9th, 2010 01:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Censorship?
What are you talking about? Obviously they don't want to publish that information, being that they didn't. Cuz they're self-censoring! The worst kind.
qatar
Jun. 9th, 2010 01:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Censorship?
What on earth is censorship, if not that?
(Anonymous)
Jun. 10th, 2010 01:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Censorship?
lmao! Genius.

I posted this on QL Marjorie, hope you don't mind. http://www.qatarliving.com/node/1089850

-- tallg
materjibrail
Jun. 9th, 2010 01:26 pm (UTC)
I could so have used that example in teaching the Bible!
qatar
Jun. 9th, 2010 01:39 pm (UTC)
The way I laid it out is clearly influenced by reading Gospel Parallels. :-)
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