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

Author: Associated Press, Published on: 15 February 2007

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]

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Related companies: ABC (part of Walt Disney) Fox Entertainment (part of News Corporation) General Electric HBO (part of Time Warner) NBC (part of Comcast) News Corporation Sony Time Warner Viacom Vivendi Walt Disney