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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 September 2018

Fake news must be countered by eyewitnesses

In a sea of endless information, the onus is on journalists and broadcasters to filter out false information. Delores Johnson / The National
In a sea of endless information, the onus is on journalists and broadcasters to filter out false information. Delores Johnson / The National

I would love to see the return of honest journalism that would give us some respite from tabloid-like information or exaggeration (In a world of fake news, can newspapers and news organisations restore trust?, August 3). I wish good luck to all those responsible honest journalists out there.

Irshad Valli, India

Can dashcams help drivers resolve disputes?

I agree with Maj Gen Mohammed Saif Al Zafeen that drivers should instal dashboard cameras to help resolve disputes over car crashes (Drivers should use dash cams to resolve car crash disputes, police boss says, August 1). In addition, road-rage incidents are common here and it’s hard to ascertain who is at fault.

Name withheld by request

As long as you don’t share these videos on social media, you’re fine. Only show it to your lawyer and the police. I highly recommend a dashcam. Some people might find it expensive, but it’s worth it.

Saif Omar Al Suwaidi, Abu Dhabi

When we took our footage to the police, they refused to see it, saying we were not police and we didn’t have the right to take such videos.

Zahra Murtaza, Dubai

A shameless defence of the indefensible

Con Coughlin’s argument that the legal pursuit of Tony Blair for Britain’s 2003 Iraq invasion should be abandoned (It’s time to stop hounding Tony Blair through the UK courts for the 2003 invasion of Iraq, August 4) was interesting.

When it comes to issues of law and order, jobs, health and the provision of social services, the conservative right argues for more accountability in society. But what if politicians were held accountable for actions leading to massive disasters? Why, they might be forced to second-guess those decisions and seek verifiable evidence before invading countries. Coughlin laments that such second-guessing would weaken Britain’s position on the world stage. Is that a bad thing? I think not.

It is no coincidence that many geopolitical hotspots around the world are survivors of British colonialism. Perhaps some accountability is finally in order.

James Christopher Ryan, Abu Dhabi

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