Thursday May 3 is World Press Freedom Day. This comes at a time when toÂ many people drug dealers, serial killers, and arsonists are held in higher esteem than journalists. And for good reason; at least these criminals are upfront about the evil they do.Â TheÂ ethics of journalism once had somethingÂ to do with objective reporting of facts. But for a large swath of journalists todayÂ truth is irrelevant at best and in the case of the members of Britain’s National Union of Journalists truth is something to avoid at all costs if it conflicts with the politics of the organization.
The NUJ is the largest union for journalists in the world with over 40,000 members. Its offical policyÂ calls for discrimination against Israel. Dr. Goebbels would be so proud. The NUJ has degraded the profession to mere propagandizing and truth value be damned. The anti-Israel bias has gone so far as having some NUJ editors spike stories that showed Yaser Arafat in a less than flattering light, for example anyÂ mention of the billions he stole from his own peopleÂ that support his wife in Paris or how he rejected the peace offers made by the Israelis in 1995 that would have achieved about 95% of Palestinian goals and avoid their last dozen years of hardship they haveÂ suffered. But no. NUJ is committed to telling only half the story.
Alan Johnston is a very pro-Palestinian NUJ “reporter” whose “reporting” never varied in its one-sided depiction of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. But anti-Israeli bias notwithstanding, Johnston was kidnapped in Gaza on 12 March 2007 and is still being held despite appeals from just about everyone in the Palestinian AuthorityÂ and a bunch of British-bases imams. So far the appeals have fallen on deaf ears. By the way, when Johnston was kidnapped by Palestinians guess who the NUJ blamed? Yes, you’re right…They blamed Israel!