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Friday, May 29, 2009

Mariam Sheibani, "Dalton Camp award winner: Learning from media mistakes in Arar case," Toronto Star, May 29, 2009.

Maher Arar's name is well-known to most Canadians – the story of his rendition by the United States, his torture in Syria, the O'Connor inquiry that exonerated him and, of course, the government's apology and compensation.

However, little attention has been paid to the role that the media played in Arar's case. Few journalists have been as brave as Haroon Siddiqui, the Toronto Star journalist who professed: "media credibility was no less tattered by these episodes than that of the security establishment."

  I have no doubt I was used.
Stephen Thorne
Canadian Press

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