The Dirty Little Secret of Palestinian Journalism – with Agence France-Presse Collusion

Palestinian journalists are up in arms. The Palestinian Authority (PA) in the West Bank and Hamas in the Gaza Strip are arresting and torturing them, and imposing severe restrictions on their work and freedom of expression. But that is not what is upsetting them.

No, the journalists are angry because a Palestinian daily newspaper dared to publish a paid advertisement by the Israeli authorities. The journalists are now demanding that the newspaper, Al-Quds, apologize for running the advertisement by the Israeli Civil Administration in the West Bank.

Last week, dozens of angry journalists staged a protest outside the offices of the Fatah-controlled Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS) in Ramallah, where they threatened to boycott the newspaper for “promoting normalization” with Israel by publishing the advertisement.

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  • Ed

    EVERYBODY over there is angry.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    These are not journalists.
    Not a one of them are.
    No independent journalists can operate in the West Bank or Gaza.
    If you don’t report events the way they want you to, you simply are not allowed to operate.
    It’s like depending on objective analysis from Pravda back in the Soviet days.
    Any reporter with any integrity has been weeded out long ago, and all that’s left are the propagandist.

    • deplorabledave

      In reality there are very few honest journalists left anywhere.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        That is true, but even the few honest ones that might have managed to slip through the cracks are weeded out by violence, threats of violence, and physical removal from the territories.
        The press are so dishonest that they won’t even speak about this when they are reassigned to other parts of the world because their cooperation would taint their professional reputations amount their fellow “journalists”.

        • Norman_In_New_York

          This has been going on for many years. AFP and other news gatherers feel that “getting the story” is more important than telling the truth.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Most news organizations there fake it.

  • Felicia Scott

    There are no “palestinians”. The trouble makers are islamic Arabs that infest and pollute the Gaza district of Israel. There is no “palestine” on any map.