Open letter from Australian journalists, media workers, writers and commentators

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Open letter from Australian journalists, media workers, writers and commentators.

May 14, 2021.

In the past fortnight, the world has been appalled at Israeli settler organisations threatening Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem with forced expulsions and assaulting worshippers in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, the third holiest site in Islam. As Israeli vigilante mobs attack Palestinians, the Netanyahu government has unleashed a new, brutal war against the besieged population of Gaza. 

We note that, seventy-three years after the Nakba, the 1948 forced expulsion by Israel of 750,000 Palestinians, both Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the Israeli human rights NGO B’Tselem have declared that Israel maintains an apartheid regime against Palestinians. HRW is calling for targeted sanctions against complicit, Israeli individuals.

We also note the important statement by the International Federation of Journalists about Israel deliberately targeting the media, including by destroying the Al-Jawhara tower in Gaza (known by the IDF to be housing 13 media institutions and NGOs). 

We recognise a growing dissatisfaction, both in this country and elsewhere, with the media’s treatment of Palestine.

As journalists, reporters and other media workers, we know that the media can do better. Many of us are seeking change but lack sufficient power in our organisations to push back against the status quo.

We believe that the coverage of Palestine must be improved, that it should no longer prioritise the same discredited spokespeople and tired narratives, and that new voices are urgently needed.

To that end, we call on editors and publishers to:

  • Consciously and deliberately make space for Palestinian perspectives, prioritising the voices of those most affected by the violence;
  • Avoid the ‘both siderism’ that equates the victims of a military occupation with its instigators;
  • Reject frameworks that rely on passive formulations and weasel words (clashes, etc) to obscure the reality of a violence disproportionately endured by Palestinians; 
  • Respect the rights of journalists and media workers to publicly and openly express personal solidarity with the Palestinian cause without penalty in their professional lives.

    Signed: 

SIGNATORIES:


Jennine Khalik
Randa Abdel-Fattah
Sara Saleh
Maher Mughrabi
Samah Sabawi
Hazem Shammas
Patrick Abboud

John Pilger
Antony Loewenstein

Osman Faruqi
Omar Sakr
Sami Shah
Amy McQuire
Amy Remeikis
Greg Jericho
Ben Eltham
Jess Hill
Tom Ballard
Paddy Manning
Bernard Keane
Rick Morton
Benjamin Law
Bridie Jabour
Marieke Hardy
Stephanie Convery
Jeff Sparrow
Yumi Stynes
Antoun Issa
Nayuka Gorrie
Dylan Welch
Bridget Brennan

Sisonke Msimang
Ben Schneiders
Aamer Rahman
Matilda Boseley
Nino Bucci
First Dog on the Moon  
Jon Kudelka
Joan Westenberg
Rae Johnston
Mary Kostakidis
Amani Haydar
Louise Adler
Ben Butler

Clementine Ford
Josh Taylor
Patrick Lenton
Mahmood Fazal
Lizzie O’Shea
Evelyn Araluen
Nadine Cohen
Alison Whittaker
Michelle Law
Gina Rushton
Rachel Hocking
Jonathan Dunk
Joshua Martin
Scott Ludlam
Rob Stott
Mostafa Rachwani
Ben Smee
Talullah Brown
Claire Corbett
Jack Latimore
Isabelle Oderberg
Jodan Perry
Roj Amedi
Jared Richards
Jim Malo
Jack Fisher
Max Walden
Luke Pearson
Natalie Cromb
Zoe Daniel
James Hennessy
CJ Werleman
Jeremy Worrall
Rosie Waterland
Meghna Bali
Kishor Napier-Ramen
Maddison Connaughton
Erwin Renaldi
Ahmed Yusuf
Jerome Doraisamy
Nikki Stevens
Alan Vaarwerk
Jake Evans
Mariam Zahr
Lisa Cox
Tom Tanuki
Mike Carlton
Mitch Alexander
Caitlin McGregor
Tony Armstrong
Rashna Farrukh
Michael Mohammed Ahmad
Brianna Morris-Grant
Frances Mao
Dan Ilic
Stephanie Youssef
Caitlin Chang
Mariam Veiszadeh
Scott Mitchell
Dominic Kelly
Kerri Worthington
Melissa Maykin
Helen Davidson
Jake Evans
Dominique Bayens
Alex McKinnon
Al Scott
Terri-ann White
Vanessa Giron
Ruth Dawkins
Catherine Bouris
Joshua Badge
Maxine Beneba Clarke
Stevie Zhang
Ali Russell
Brad Nash
Rayane Tamer
Sheree Joseph
Ben Madden
Fergus Ryan
Harry Sadler
Farid Y. Farid
Matt Abbott
Cam Wilson
Marc Sidarous
Caleb Cluff
Meriki Onus
Shahni Wellington
Priya Kunjan
Isabella Bull
Drew Ambrose
Erin Handley
Lucas Baird
Peter Tregear
Cassie Tongue
Sam George-Allen
Usha Rodrigues
Martin Hodgson
Dunja Karagic
Christopher Elliott
Deirdre Fidge
James Colley
Waqar Ali
Evie Potter
Dominic Bossi
Benjamin Millar
Sarah Ayoub
Patrick McKenzie
Douglas Smith
Albert Santos
Roqayah Chamseddine
Danny Teece-Johnson
Zac Crellin
Jenny Noyes
Laurence Barber
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Tito Ambyo
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Tim Robertson
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Hannah Ryan
Rosa Ritchie
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Shakira Hussein
Matthew Elmas
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