I suggest you buckle up for this one, kids. Here's Kate, apparently quoting approvingly of the detention of a journalist:
Reporters Without Borders, of course, is outraged that a journalist--a journalist!--is being detained. After all, aren't all journalist--journalists!--immune from any and all suspicion?
To be honest, this may be one time (finally) that Reporters Without Borders has something intelligent to say (maybe). I have Taliban phone numbers and plenty of Taliban propaganda on my computer. Granted, I've never actually given Zahidullah Mujahid or Qari Mohammad Yousuf a phone call, but still I have them. Our friends at the NEFA Foundation have. They certainly aren't rooting for the Taliban.
I'm not a fan of media types doing interviews with the Taliban, but it's common practice. AP, AFP, & Reuters routinely quote Qari Mohammed Yousef.
But it's really the context of the contacts with the Taliban that matters in this case. If Ahmad served as a surrogate propagandist for the Taliban, then he's a combatant and his detention is justified. Enemy propagandists are just that: enemies, and should be treated as such.
Having journalistic credentials is not some magical immunization from suspicion. There's no reason why one cannot be a willing or tacit Taliban agent and be a member of the media.
Another problem would be if Ahmad not only called local Taliban commanders but actually met with them. By not disclosing the location of illegal enemy combatants who routinely commit war crimes, Ahmad would be assisting in the commission of those war crimes--journalistic credentials or not.
Now, unlike Canada's right-wing cementheads, let's think this through, shall we? Why might a journalist be meeting with "illegal enemy combatants" (whatever the fuck that is, since those same right-wing nimrods have no idea what that phrase even means). Anyway, why might he have contact info for members of the Taliban? I don't know -- maybe he's just a journalist who's trying to do his job. You know, being fair and balanced, insisting on getting both sides of the stories, not playing favourites, that sort of thing. What journalists used to do before they turned into cheap hookers.
So, to sum up, Kate really doesn't like it when reporters show obvious bias. On the other hand, it also pisses her off when they're scrupulously fair and even-handed.
I'd use the phrase "dumb cunt," but that would be demeaning to female genitalia everywhere.