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Thursday, November 18, 2004

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Reuters: "Hassan's body may have been found"

Why are defendants in criminal trials accorded their titles, Mr Huntley and Ms Carr, for example, while somebody like Margaret Hassan is referred to as "Hassan"? Surely we can speak a little more respectfully of her, as Mrs Hassan or Margaret Hassan. It sounds terrible and hard-hearted the way reporters talk about her.


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