‘We have failed’: Journalists unite and demand truthful coverage of Israeli occupation

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More than 250 journalists sign on to a letter accusing mainstream media of “failing” its audience during coverage of Israel and Palestine. (photo: AFP/  File photo)
Journalists and reporters sign letter calling on media to stop obscuring oppression of Palestinians.

By Sheren Khalel | Middle East Eye | June 9, 2021

“As journalists, with varying contracts, editorial protections, environments & job securities, the work to push against the media complicity in apartheid is constant,”
— Sana Saeed, a host at AJ+

An open letter “written by and for journalists” is calling on the news industry to stop “obscuring Israeli occupation and the systemic oppression of Palestinians” in the media.

Signed by 250 journalists working for some of the world’s top media outlets, the letter, published on Wednesday, accuses the mainstream media of “failing” its audience with a “decades-long journalistic malpractice” that has misinformed the public on the reality of Israel’s occupation.

“Finding truth and holding the powerful to account are core principles of journalism,” the letter reads.

“Yet for decades, our news industry has abandoned those values in coverage of Israel and Palestine. We have failed our audiences with a narrative that obscures the most fundamental aspects of the story: Israel’s military occupation and its system of apartheid.”

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