Israeli Journalists Renounce Membership in Press Organization

By: E&P Staff

After the General Secretary the International Federation of Journalists refused to retract his condemnation of Israel’s bombing of the Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV station in Beirut, a group of Israeli journalists renounced their membership in the organization Thursday, according to the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz.

Aiden White, the group’s General Secretary proposed traveling to Israel to settle the dispute, but Israeli journalist and IFJ member Yaron Anosh told him that he was unwelcome in Israel as long as the censure remained in effect.

The censure was in response to the Israeli Defense Forces’ attack on Hezbollah’s TV station shortly after it began its offensive in Lebanon last week. The organization said in a statement that the strike was “a clear demonstration that Israel has a policy of using violence to silence media it does not agree with.”

Israeli IFJ members demanded a retraction of the censure, and pointed out that the organization did not condemn Hezbollah for firing rockets at Israeli journalists, the paper reported.

“I have no intention of being a being a card-carrying member of an organization that would give a similar card to Hezbollah member, whether he is firing Katyusha or serving as the group’s propaganda man at its TV station,” Anosh was quoted as saying. “A terrorist is not a journalist, and if an international organization prefers to have terrorists as members then count us out.”

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