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October 17, 2002

One media org blames Israel for everything from the DC sniper to the Bali bombings.


Honest Reporting has a number of items worth reviewing, including this remarkable piece by idiots who want to blame Israel for the Bali bombing. Don't they realize that even those sympathetic to their cause might well be embarrassed by such total nonsense?
At the risk of giving publicity to a web-rag, here's something so wacko that we can't let it pass. Indymedia.org reports that the Israeli Mossad is a prime suspect behind the string of sniper killings in the Washington, D.C. area.
http://indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=208531

Another "report" on Indymedia.org claims that the bombing of the Bali nightclub was "a Mossad terror operation."

Indymedia describes itself as "a network of collectively run media outlets for the creation of radical, objective, and passionate tellings of the truth."

Perhaps the consumer public could be a better judge of that.

Comments to:
imc-editorial@lists.indymedia.org
IndyMedia400@hotmail.com

PALESTINIANS ATTACK JOURNALISTS

This week, Muhammed Abayet of the Palestinian terrorist group al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, was killed when the public telephone he was using exploded. During Abayet's funeral the next day, Palestinians attacked Reuters photographer Mahfouz Abu Turk, who had to be treated for head and back injuries. Another photographer had his camera smashed. See the Jerusalem Post report at:
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/A/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1034014777470

Many major news agencies noted the funeral but omitted mention of the attack. Associated Press presents the funeral as peaceful: "Unlike many funerals for Palestinian militants, there were no cries for revenge or gunmen shooting in the air at Abayat's funeral."
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20021014/ap_on_re_mi_ea/israel_palestinians_7480

Even the victimized news agency, Reuters, itself makes scant mention of the Palestinian attack:
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&cid=564&ncid=564&e=3&u=/nm/20021014/ts_nm/mideast_dc_4015

Comments to:
editor@reuters.com

In the past, journalists have been threatened with violence for covering stories that are unflattering of Palestinian groups. Recall the Sept. 11 street celebrations, which prompted the (Israeli) Foreign Press Association to declare:

"We call on the PA to ensure freedom of the press and the free flow of information, and to prevent elements operating within PA jurisdiction from making or carrying out threats that aim to impede this and effectively impose censorship. We hold the PA fully responsible for the safety of each and every journalist operating within their areas..."

HonestReporting wonders: Where is the outcry this week from the Foreign Press Association and other media rights groups like Reporters Without Borders
(http://www.rsf.fr/rubrique.php3?id_rubrique=20)?

OUT OF CONTEXT

Here's a piece of diligent media monitoring from HonestReporting member Mike S. of Cincinnati:

BBC published a piece on the decreased Palestinian olive harvest, placing the blame squarely on Israel. The article's main photo caption read: "Olive groves have been bulldozed to build settlements." This accusation does not appear in the article itself; it is only in the caption without any source cited.

Mike wrote to complain, and received the following reply from Bob Trevelyan, duty editor of BBC News Online:

"Thanks for your email concerning our story on the Palestinian olive harvest. I regret that you found the picture caption unsatisfactory. I accept that it is ambiguous and have changed it."

The caption now reads "Olive groves have been bulldozed by the Israeli army." Though factually accurate, this BBC caption gives no context for the idea that Palestinian snipers have frequently used olive groves to conduct ambushes of Israeli citizens.

See the article and caption at:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/2317839.stm

Comments to:
newsonline.complaints@bbc.co.uk