Haaretz reports on a gathering in a Jerusalem synogogue with the BBC Mideast bureau chief:
Standing in the basement of a Jerusalem synagogue this week, the bureau chief of the BBC’s Middle East desk acknowledged that he was entering a lion’s den…
From TownHall: The Australian government officially recognizes Hizbullah and Hamas as terror organizations, but the Australian Broadcasting Corporation has directed its staff not to call them ‘terrorist’ – in keeping with the UN standard:
An internal memo to ABC staff reportedly reads: “Please be careful with Middle Eastern references. Several recent slip-ups have attracted justified complaints. The ABC follows U.N. guidelines on proscribed groups: Hamas, Hizballah, and Islamic Jihad are not included in the U.N.’s list of terrorist organizations and therefore must not be described as such.”
Tulloh declined to elaborate on the “justified complaints,” saying that correspondence from ABC listeners and viewers was private.
(Hat tip: LGF)
The ABC should start hearing ‘justified complaints’ from the other side, indicating that the refusal to call these mass murdering groups ‘terrorist’ is both inaccurate and morally appalling.
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Palestinian journalists are taking a brave stand against PA intimidation:
The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate in the Gaza Strip has called on its members to stop covering events related to the Palestinian Authority’s security forces to protest against continued attacks on journalists.
The boycott, which goes into effect on Sunday, is also directed against the PA Ministry of Justice, which is accused of failing to take appropriate measures to punish the perpetrators.
The journalists were instructed not to cover the activities of the security forces or interview their commanders until tough measures are taken against those responsible for a spate of attacks on correspondents and newspaper and TV offices.
Does this indicate a real, internal movement for Palestinian democratic reform? Are the journalists the vanguard of a larger, grassroots statement that Palestinians are fed up with the corruption and lack of freedom of expression under the PA?
UPDATE: Now they’ve taken over the Palestinian Legislative Council.
Britain’s government is considering a plan to break up the BBC and remove its independent status in the wake of a bitter row with the state-funded broadcaster over the Iraq war, a report said.
Government papers detailing possible changes to the BBC’s structure proposed breaking it into separate regional entities for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, The Sunday Times said…
Plans being considered include giving a government media watchdog greater control over the BBC’s output, closing BBC outlets which are not considered “public service” and even forcing the corporation to share some of its licence fee revenue with other broadcasters.
Also this today from The Weekly Standard – The Wreck of the BBC :
Its Middle East coverage is notoriously one-sided. Its pro-Palestinian bias is so marked that recently the London bureau chief of the Jerusalem Post refused to take part in any more BBC news programs because he believed the corporation was actually fomenting anti-Semitism.
See a recent HonestReporting communique on double standards at the BBC here.
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An HonestReporting communique clarifying why Israel’s security fence is not an ‘Apartheid wall’ has just been released and is available online here.
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The lead article in the Hartford Courant today — addressing the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s decision to publicize a video of the aftermath of the last suicide bombing — cited HonestReporting as well:
“The Israeli government has refrained from doing things like this, from showing films like this in the past,” said Michael Weinstein, managing editor of HonestReporting.com, a website in Jerusalem that monitors media coverage of Israel. “Israel had considered it crass and inconsiderate to the victims to air such films.”
The efficiency with which Israelis clean up areas where suicide bombings have occurred, he said, and a reluctance to allow photographs have had a “disinfecting effect” on how the attacks are reported in the mainstream media.
“The goriness of the video is intended to show this was not a legitimate military strike – this was beyond the pale,” Weinstein said.
? Nasty headline of the day, courtesy The Australian:
Israel to Cut 100km off ‘apartheid wall’
? We found the ‘T-word’ in The Independent’s coverage of the security fence – Saudi Arabia’s security fence, that is:
The project, involving fencing and electronic detection equipment, has been in the planning stages for several years. It may cost up to $8.57bn (£4.58bn). Behind the plan is a deep-seated lack of trust in the Yemeni authorities’ ability to arrest infiltrators before they make it into Saudi territory….
The perpetrators of earlier terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia, spanning at least a decade, also used explosives from Yemen, state-controlled Saudi media has reported.
The report then elaborates in detail the Yemeni connection to Islamic terror in the Saudi Kingdom. It’s worth noting that the Saudi casualties to Yemin-based terror and the quantities of weapons seized are a drop in the bucket compared to the number of Israeli terror victims and the illegal weapons awash in the Palestinian areas.
Ze’ev Schiff in Haaretz questions European coverage of the conflict:
terrorism against Israeli citizens is seen by many abroad, and especially in Europe, as part of a tribal war in a distant land. That accords with one of the conclusions of a study conducted in Germany (published recently in the professional journal Media Tenor) about the way in which German television covers Israel. “In the news, Israel is for the most part seen as the guilty party. Even when covering stories where Israelis suffer from the acts of their opponents, they are not simply presented as victims. Editors often frame suicide attacks as a reaction to injustices committed against Palestinians.” When such a trend continues for years, it’s no wonder that in many places Israel is seen as constituting a threat to world peace, much more so than North Korea or Iran, for example. The researchers say there is a direct link between the negative publicity about Israel and attacks on Jews.
On the other hand, a bigger headline is guaranteed if the Israelis dare to defend themselves determinedly. That has always been the approach, long before Israel began to build the separation fence. There is no point in going to the International Court of Justice in The Hague if Israel cannot succeed in convincing anyone that it is on the defense in the face of mass terror.
Here’s the Media Tenor critique of German coverage of Israel, which Schiff refers to.
From IMRA: The lastest poll of Palestinian popular opinion shows a sharp drop in support for current methods of anti-Israel violence.
Stefan Sharkansky presents a nice chart of the results, and comments:
I don’t know what I find more remarkable, the stunning drop in support for the Intifada and suicide bombings; or the fact that an equal number of Palestinians assert that the Intifada serves Palestinian interests as admit that it harms their interests… Either way, Sharon and Bush deserve more of the credit for Palestinians losing their appetite for senseless violence, than does the world community of terrorism appeasers.