Comments on: Reporting in Gaza: Striving for fairness http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2009/01/15/reporting-in-gaza-striving-for-fairness/ Dean Wright on Ethics, Innovation and Values Sun, 08 Apr 2012 05:10:49 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Anubis http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2009/01/15/reporting-in-gaza-striving-for-fairness/comment-page-3/#comment-600 Wed, 06 May 2009 14:32:02 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/?p=6#comment-600 “War begets War”. Substituting military solutions for diplomatic has produced it’s harvest. It is now time to reap. Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India; the people of these nations will suffer death from the weapons provided by the western powers in order to gain influence over fossil fuels. The twentieth century has twice proved that war is a cancer that will consume the planet.

When will man rule his nature instead of man’s nature ruling him?

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By: dan http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2009/01/15/reporting-in-gaza-striving-for-fairness/comment-page-3/#comment-409 Wed, 08 Apr 2009 15:44:14 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/?p=6#comment-409 someday the Jews will find themselves trading places with the Palestinian and they will eat their words they say today.

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By: Dean Wright http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2009/01/15/reporting-in-gaza-striving-for-fairness/comment-page-3/#comment-317 Mon, 02 Feb 2009 21:42:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/?p=6#comment-317 As HIS notes, the cited story uses quotation marks around the word ‘terrorist’ in way that breaks a rule in the Reuters style guide. We’re reminding our editors and reporters of the rule.

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By: HIS http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2009/01/15/reporting-in-gaza-striving-for-fairness/comment-page-3/#comment-271 Fri, 30 Jan 2009 17:10:24 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/?p=6#comment-271 james, you’ve misread my comment. Reuters has no difficulty referring declaratively to a group like the Tamil Tigers as terrorists but specifically uses QUOTATION MARKS when referring to Hamas as terrorists, as in this article today:

http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/i dUSLU64529020090130

We call these “sneer quotes” because they reflect Reuters’ editorial efforts to undermine and belittle the view of the international community. This is Reuters bias, pure and simple. All of Europe and the US consider Hamas a terrorist group; the fact that they were democratically elected does not change the facts.

Hamas deliberately targets Israeli civilians and uses their own civilians as human shields. They are responsible for the death and maiming of hundreds of civilians in suicide bombings, shootings, and rocket attacks. They also overthrew the democratically-elected president of the Palestinians, Mahmoud Abbas, in a violent coup in Gaza. These acts are the very definition of terrorism.

If you want to suggest that the Israeli defense forces are “terrorists”, you must also say the same for the Sri Lankan army, the Turkish army, the Egyptian army, the British army, etc. All are seeking to protect the lives and security of their citizens and all have, from time to time, caused civilian casualties in carrying out that mission but none — except perhaps the Egyptians — deliberately target civilians.

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By: james http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2009/01/15/reporting-in-gaza-striving-for-fairness/comment-page-3/#comment-258 Thu, 29 Jan 2009 17:45:21 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/?p=6#comment-258 HIS, your knowledge on the tamil tiger issue seems to be very high and correct but by you claiming that reuters or others don’t refer to hamas as “terrorist” organization clearly shows your lack on knowledge on the middle east issue. infact, you can’t read a report or watch a new report without hearing the term “terrorist group” associated with hamas. infact, hamas, went from “terrorist group” to a DEMOCRATICALLY elected political organization. whether we like or not, the people vote for them.Hamas is just as much a terrorist group as israel is, there is no difference between them. the tamil tiger issue is no where near smiliar to the middle east conflict.

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By: HIS http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2009/01/15/reporting-in-gaza-striving-for-fairness/comment-page-3/#comment-257 Thu, 29 Jan 2009 05:42:13 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/?p=6#comment-257 Richard Baum

Check the placement of those stories yesterday; they were BURIED. Now compare with the daily unremitting front-page hysteria over the conflict in Gaza — the profiles, interviews and emotive photos of injured Palestinian children. Note also Reuter’s one-sided treatment of claims of Israeli human rights violations in Gaza while their story on the conflict in Sri Lanka highlights human rights violations BY THE TERRORISTS:

Human rights watchdogs and the government accuse the LTTE — designated a terrorist group by India, the United States and the European Union — of keeping civilians in its territory to use them as fighters, battlefield labourers or human shields.

Hamas commits the same atrocities and Reuters self-censors the fact. Also, note the absence of sneer quotes around the word “terrorist” when referring to the Tamil Tigers while assiduously including them in any mention of Hamas as a terrorist group.

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By: Richard Baum http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2009/01/15/reporting-in-gaza-striving-for-fairness/comment-page-3/#comment-256 Wed, 28 Jan 2009 21:33:06 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/?p=6#comment-256 HIS — You’ll find extensive coverage of the Sri Lanka conflict on Reuters.com via a simple search: http://search.us.reuters.com/rsearch/rco mSearch.do?blob=sri%20lanka&WTmodLoc=uss rch-top-quote

Here’s a story from today: http://in.reuters.com/article/topNews/id INIndia-37704520090128

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By: HIS http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2009/01/15/reporting-in-gaza-striving-for-fairness/comment-page-3/#comment-255 Wed, 28 Jan 2009 21:02:07 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/?p=6#comment-255 I wonder if Reuters website readers are aware that over 300 civilians were killed yesterday in Sri Lanka by the army fighting against the Tamil Tigers. No? What a surprise! Reuters doesn’t even cover it. You see, no Jews were involved in the killing.

Smashing job you’re doing with your unbiased news coverage, Mr. Wright. Carry on.

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By: terence kelly http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2009/01/15/reporting-in-gaza-striving-for-fairness/comment-page-3/#comment-254 Wed, 28 Jan 2009 12:11:33 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/?p=6#comment-254 I always find worrying the suggestion that good journalism requires that a `balance’ be struck fair to both sides, where -for example WW11- one side clearly has illegal territorial ambitions and determined at whatever moral cost to achieve it’s aim is it either fair or sensible to endeavour to see the conflict in a manner such as to do `justice’ to their tyrannical ambitions? I’m satisfied that any genuinely disinterested person who honestly and fairly researches the background to this Middle East conflict must inevitably conclude that basic Right and Legality lies mostly with the Palestinians deprived of their homes and land without reparation, thrown onto Gaza no man’s land, and subject to appalling privations by Israel -aided and abetted by US- ever since. It is to the eternal shame of the wider world that we have done nothing to force the above two nations to redress this situation over the succeeding 60 years: and I am far from convinced that Obama will change that situation one iota – sadly the American Jewish lobby far too powerful.

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By: john dahodi http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2009/01/15/reporting-in-gaza-striving-for-fairness/comment-page-3/#comment-253 Tue, 27 Jan 2009 18:43:53 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/?p=6#comment-253 Obama has opened his mouth to the Muslim World in general and Palestinians in particular but has not extended his heart. He still dictating in civilized way that America cannot dictate anything to Israel what is best for her but still telling Palestinians that he cannot talk with their elected Hamas, Hamas has to accept Isarel’s existance and boarders without having any existance or boarders for Palestinians and he may go on using Veto power is any resolution displeases Israel.Security of Israel is paramount for him but Palestinian’s security or even human rights has no priority.
Mr. President, since last 40 years all American Presidents have used the same unwise, unjust, unfair and WRONG policies to resolve Arab-Israel issue and all have failed miserably. If you want to change that history, You will have to change the POLICY not the Envoys and talks. Sweet or cowboy talks and dictates had invited hatred towards America and it will stop only if we stop our unjust policies.

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