The propaganda battle over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has reached a new level of intensity. In 2004 the Glasgow University Media Group published a major study on TV coverage of the Second Intifada and its impact on public understanding. We analysed about 200 programmes and questioned more than 800 people. Our conclusion: reporting was dominated by Israeli accounts. Since then we have been contacted by many journalists, especially from the BBC, and told of the intense pressures they are under that limit criticism of Israel. They asked us to raise the issue in public because they can’t. They speak of «waiting in fear for the phone call from the Israelis» (meaning the embassy or higher), of the BBC’s Jerusalem bureau having been «leant on by the Americans», of being «guilty of self-censorship» and of «urgently needing an external arbiter».… Seguir leyendo »
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