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Monday, October 11, 2010

Press cards to be suspended?

Tadmit, a watchdog group, has asked the government press office to suspend the credentials of reporters and cameramen who were lying in wait when David Beeri and his son were attacked by stonethrowers on Friday. Reportedly, one of those present was a photographer for the Israeli website Walla.
Tadmit, the Center for Strengthening Democracy in Israel Media, contacted GPO Head Daniel Seaman Sunday and demanded that he take immediate action against the journalists who were present at the violent event.

The NGO also wrote the Press Council and demanded that it launch an inquiry into the behavior of the journalists. It noted that the Council's Code of Ethics specifies that “the moral and legal obligation... to give assistance to a person who is in grave and immediate danger of losing life or limb, also applies to a journalist during his journalistic activity.”

Tadmit's director, Chani Luz, said that the event was staged. “This was not coverage of an event that took place,” she said, “but an invitation to journalists to record a violent life-threatening event that was planned in advance.”

"It can clearly be seen that the boys and youths covered their faces with their shirts and stood with a stockpile of rocks... in order to hit passing motorists,” Luz added. “A journalist's participation in a violent event borders on the criminal and needs to be investigated by the Israel Police.”

A lawyer for Tadmit, Adrian Aggasi, noted in a letter attached to the complaints that one of the journalists present was Meged Gozani, a photographer for Israeli website 'Walla,' and that the Al Jazeera channel also screened video footage it apparently shot. Aggasi asked the GPO to find out the identities of the other journalists who were present.
I'm sure many of you have seen photos from the Oslo Terror War of stone throwers with dozens of photographers crouched behind them. It's high time to put a stop to it.

As far as I know, the person who is pictured has no connection to the story.


At 8:00 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

I don't think Pallywood is going to go out of business any time soon.

The Israeli government is too worried about world opinion to put a stop to it.

Expect the propaganda war against the Jewish State to continue without letup into the future.

At 7:14 AM, Blogger ruth cohen said...

israel had to put a stop to this years ago but they did not then and will not now. cowards and idiots/ and people will be killed .david hi, thank god both of you are ok.


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