Skip to content

More than 750 reporters sign letter condemning ‘Israel’s killing of journalists in Gaza’ as death toll rises

More than 750 journalists from news organizations including The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and The Guardian have signed a letter condemning Israel’s “killing of journalists in Gaza” — as they urged outlets to use terms like “apartheid” and “genocide” in their reporting to describe the Jewish nation’s treatment of Gazans.

“We condemn Israel’s killing of journalists in Gaza and urge integrity in Western media coverage of Israel’s atrocities against Palestinians,” the letter reads.

It adds that Israel’s “devastating bombing campaign and media blockade in Gaza threatens news gathering in an unprecedented fashion” and notes that at least 39 journalists have been killed in Gaza since the war on Hamas began — mostly from retaliatory strikes by Israel, citing the latest tally from the Committee to Protect Journalists.

“As reporters, editors, photographers and other workers in newsrooms around the world, we are appalled at the slaughter of our colleagues and their families by the Israeli military and government,” the letter continues.

“We are writing to urge an end to violence against journalists in Gaza and to call on Western newsroom leaders to be clear-eyed in their coverage of Israel’s repeated atrocities against Palestinians.”

The letter then goes on to say that those who signed “also hold Western newsrooms accountable for dehumanizing rhetoric that has served to justify ethnic cleansing of Palestinians.

“Double-standards, inaccuracies and fallacies abound in American publications and have been well-documented,” the letter claims, noting: “More than 500 journalists signed an open letter in 2021 outlining concerns that US media outlets ignore Israel’s oppression of Palestinians. Yet the call for fair coverage has gone unanswered.

“Newsrooms have instead undermined Palestinian, Arab and Muslim perspectives, dismissing them as unreliable and have invoked inflammatory language that reinforces Islamophobic and racist tropes. They have printed misinformation spread by Israeli officials, and failed to scrutinize indiscriminate killing of civilians in Gaza — committed with the support of the US government.”

The signatories then argue that newsrooms should adopt words such as “apartheid,” “genocide” and “ethnic cleansing” in their reporting on Israel’s treatment of Palestinians, claiming they are “precise terms that are well-defined by international human rights organizations.”

The letter concludes by saying a journalist’s job is to “hold power to account,” and by refusing to do so “we risk becoming accessories to genocide.

“We are renewing the call for journalists to tell the full truth without fear or favor,” it reads.

“To recognize that contorting our words to hide evidence of war crimes on Israel’s oppression of Palestinians is journalistic malpractice and an abdication of moral clarity,” it says.

“The urgency of this moment cannot be overstated. It is imperative that we change course.”

“To recognize that contorting our words to hide evidence of war crimes on Israel’s oppression of Palestinians is journalistic malpractice and an abdication of moral clarity,” it says.

Among those who signed the letter was Abdallah Fayyad, a 2022 Pulitzer Prize finalist and former editorial board member at The Boston Globe.

“My hope for this letter is to push back on the culture of fear around this issue and to make decision-makers and editors think twice about the language that they use,” he told The Washington Post.

He said he was not calling on newsrooms to adopt the terminology that Israel is committing “genocide” or “ethnic cleansing,” but called it a “relevant fact to say that leading human rights groups have called Israel an apartheid regime” the same way many news stories note that the US has designated Hamas a terrorist group.

“That’s the kind of double standard I hope this letter will call out.”

The letter on Thursday came as hundreds of anti-Israel protesters occupied the lobby of The New York Times building and handed out mock newspaper copies of “The New York War Crimes.”

“We will continue holding The New York Times to account… for inciting genocide,” the protesters chanted. “Not another nickel, not another dime, no more money for the New York Times. Not another nickel, not another dime, no more money for Israel’s crimes.

“New York Times, you can’t hide, we charge you with genocide.”

Today's News.
For Conservatives.
Every Single Day.

News Opt-in
(Optional) By checking this box you are opting in to receive news notifications from News Rollup. Text HELP for help, STOP to end. Message & data rates may apply. Message frequency varies. Privacy Policy & Terms:
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.