A guest post by AKUS
This was the Guardian’s list of top Media stories on December 28th:
Oddly enough, the December 27th story by Harriett Sherwood about Hamas banning Palestinian journalists reporting in Gaza for Israeli media did not make it the Guardian’s list of top media stories. Instead, it was quietly pushed to News/World News/Hamas:
Nor did it come to the attention of Roy Greenslade, who seems to keep an eagle-eyed focus on news relating to the media and press freedom in Israel.
How strange that Greenslade should have overlooked this story while being so on top of other stories about media in the region, especially those which show Israel in a negative light – despite the fact that, by any standard, Israel lays claim to the only truly free press in the region.
Perhaps a Hamas ban on Palestinian journalists who report for the Israeli media is not a significant media issue – unlike, for example, an Israeli reporter leaking security documents, which led to this lengthy re-write, by Greenslade, of an article from Ha’aretz on September 4th, 2012, Israeli judge to reporter – state security matters more than press freedom:
And in July 2011 there was this report by Greenslade, rehashing the NYT, darkly warning of the end of a free speech in Israel– still alive and kicking more than a year later, by the way:
Could it be that Greenslade and the Guardian expect such behavior from Hamas, and therefore don’t consider it newsworthy enough to report it at a blog about the media and press freedom?
- Guardian falsely claims that “almost no” construction materials have entered Gaza (cifwatch.com)
- Will the Guardian report on war crimes committed by Hamas? (cifwatch.com)
- 49 words: A “toy gun”, a Palestinian teen and a classic Guardian obfuscation (cifwatch.com)
- Guardian omits tiny detail regarding Khaled Meshaal’s dream to “liberate Palestine” (cifwatch.com)
- BBC still citing erroneous civilian/combatant casualty ratio (bbcwatch.org)