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Thursday, May 13, 2004

Bloggers doubt Berg execution video

Bearing in mind that this on the Aljazeera side of the political fence, this story exposes doubts by the blogging and internet fraternity on the authenticity of the notorious beheading video.

Revolting millions around the world, the video footage of an American citizen's execution has also raised numerous questions concerning its authenticity.Even at first glance, internet bloggers were asking on Thursday why Nick Berg was wearing an orange jumpsuit – just like US prisoners wear. Other net-surfers point to the unlikely timing of the executioner's dubbed announcement that Berg was to die for "Iraqi prisoner abuse". Berg was last seen alive on 10 April, when his father Michael Berg believes he was killed - two weeks before the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal broke in the world's media. Some discussions focus on the timing of the video's release - guaranteed to divert attention from the outrage regarding US torture of Iraqis.

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