I am seeing more and more mainstream journalists around the world embedding with the IDF, and accepting limitations on the material that they are allowed to share. I am reminded of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, that this was the method used by the George W. Bush administration to tell its lies and even hide casualties and atrocities from the public.
If you, as a journalist or as someone with editorial control, accept this arrangement, if you trade autonomy for access, you are no longer a journalist. You have become a propagandist. It doesn’t matter how honest your motives, you won’t ‘slip the truth out.’ Your very overt association with power is itself a message, especially during war. They wouldn’t offer the access if they didn’t want you in their pocket in some way. Don’t accept the arrangement. Quit first. You’ll thank yourself later.
In other words, if you poke around in there and report stuff they don’t like or that conflicts with their messaging during their ethnic cleansing operation, the Israeli military will kill you. Like the guy my mom use to fuck liked to say when he got violent: “sit and watch the TV this ain’t none of your business!”
| https://www.theguardian.com/media/2023/oct/27/us-asks-qatar-to-turn-down-the-volume-of-al-jazeera-news-coverage | US asks Qatar to ‘turn down the volume’ of Al Jazeera news coverage |
[…] “Al Jazeera is one of the few news organisations with a functioning bureau in Gaza, enabling it to report on the destructive impact of Israel’s heavy bombardment of the territory, which the Palestinian health ministry says has so far killed 7,028 people, nearly 3,000 of them minors.
This week Al Jazeera’s chief correspondent, Wael al-Dahdouh, became part of the unfolding story when his entire immediate family were killed in an Israeli airstrike on a house in the Nuseirat refugee camp, where they had moved after Israel’s warning on 13 October for residents to move from northern Gaza.”