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The first job for everyone involves producing a system capable of separating unfounded accusations, innuendo, propaganda, and rumor from responsible reporting.  https://conflict-backchannels.com/2013/06/05/when-the-second-row-seat-to-history-aint-so-hot/  Developing information with integrity — in empirical terms, “valid and reliable” data — is an enormous problem wherever social relationships determine what is believed and obscurantism determines what is absent or unknown about subjects (including incidents) of interest.

The subject came up this morning in a Pakistani-oriented Facebook forum in a post motivated by anti-Saudi sentiment.  The poster referenced an update or slantwise take on the above referenced story (about a prince who allegedly rapes and murders a woman and dumps her body on the street) and I responded with my findings that first and foremost found no initial congruent local report on the discovery of the body.

Reference

Oppenheim, James.  “When the Second Row Seat to History Ain’t So Hot.”  BackChannels, June 5, 2013.

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