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US rights group says torture seen on television influences interrogators in Iraq

The advocacy group Human Rights First says there has been a startling increase in the number of torture scenes depicted on prime-time television in the post-2001 world. Even more chilling, there are indications that real-life American interrogators in Iraq are taking cues from what they see on television, said Jill Savitt, the group's director of public programs... Howard Gordon, an executive producer of "24," [on Fox (part of News Corporation), produced by Imagine Entertainment, said]..."We're not a documentary or a manual on interrogation... We're a television show." [also refers to other television shows on Fox/FX, ABC (part of Walt Disney), HBO (part of Time Warner), NBC (joint venture General Electric & Vivendi Universal), Spike TV/UPN (both part of Viacom); produced by ABC/Walt Disney, Fox, Sony, Wolf Films, HBO]