Monday, August 21, 2017

Journalism 101 and Reuters Downplaying of Al Jazeera Quote - by Gilead Ini

...Hamas, for example, is a terror group committed to Israel's destruction. The name Hamas is an acronym for Harakat Al-Muqawama Al-Islamia, or "Islamic Resistance Movement." Nobody translates the terror group's full name as "Islamic Movement (resisting Israel's occupation)" — though this is precisely the way Reuters translated Karram's comments.

Gilead Ini..
CAMERA Analyses..
1 August '17..

"Quotes are sacrosanct," Reuters says. When quoting someone, a journalist can replace a word with an ellipsis "only if the deletion does not alter the sense of the quote," the news agence explains.

These guidelines appear in a Reuters handbook on journalism. But journalists don't need a handbook to tell them not to play with quotes. It's a self-evident tenet of ethical journalism.

And yet, after Israel announced plans to revoke the press card of Al Jazeera journalist Elias Karram, who has described himself as an integral part of the Palestinian "resistance," here is how the news agency covered the story:

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