More than 500 journalists in American media published a joint letter demanding that the news in the country reflect the realities of the Israeli occupation and its policies in Palestine.
The letter, titled “An Open Letter on the American Media’s Dealing with Palestine”, called for an end to “the concealment of the Israeli occupation and its systematic oppression of the Palestinians” in the production of news in the country. Read also Repression of journalists is a weapon to conceal the truth in Jerusalem and Sheikh Jarrah Amid calls for protection, the press is the accusation in Palestine Witness to the crime… an exhibition in Gaza documenting Israel’s crimes against the press “Delete your enemy”… a counter-campaign on the Israeli pages on social media
The letter was signed by 514 journalists, including journalists from leading media outlets in the United States such as the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times.
“Finding the truth and holding the powerful to account are fundamental principles of journalism,” it said. “But for decades, our news industry has abandoned these values in news about Israel and Palestine.”
“We failed our readers with a narrative that obscured the essential aspects of the story: the Israeli military occupation and the apartheid regime,” the journalists said.
The letter indicated the need to put an end to these decades of bad press practices, and to urgently change the course of journalism.
“The evidence of Israel’s systematic oppression of the Palestinians is abundant, and this news should not be (obscured) any longer,” she added.
The letter referred to a report by Human Rights Watch published on April 27, consisting of 213 pages on the crimes of apartheid and persecution of the Israeli authorities, explaining that the aforementioned report documented the Israeli authorities’ commission of crimes against humanity through the policies of apartheid.