Friday, April 27, 2007

Politics of Journalism

I wrote yesterday about the differing attitude of the EU and the press corps on the kidnapping of journalist Alan Johnston and that of Galid Shalit in Gaza. It seems particularly apt to also mention this-

Britain's National Union of Journalists denounced Israel on Friday for its "military adventures" in Gaza and Lebanon, called on the government to impose sanctions and urged a boycott of Israeli goods.

That would be the same NUJ which condemns the kidnapping of Alan Johnston and urges his earliest release.

The conference voted unanimously to keep up the urgent global campaign for Alan’s release, praising the robust campaign of the BBC and expressing concern that the Government and Palestinian security forces have so far failed to carry out their promises to do all they can to free Alan.

And yet they're voting to boycott Israel. No mention of the continued rocket attacks from Gaza I see.

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