News boycott

Journalists in Gaza staged a boycott of news about Israelis in Gaza on June 16. The reason was sound: journalists want to hold Israel to account for its apparent slaughter of Reuters camerman Fadel Shana this spring. But boycotting the reporting of news strikes me as bizarre, at least. Perhaps someone can convince me that boycotting news is not only an abdication of our responsibility, but an unethical involvement in events.

Here’s an excerpt of the Reuters story:

GAZA – Journalists in the Gaza Strip held a symbolic work stoppage on Monday as part of a protest to demand that Israel explain why its troops killed a Reuters cameraman in the Palestinian enclave two months ago to the day.

The demonstration, during which journalists laid down their cameras, came on a day when U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will unveil a memorial dedicated to journalists killed while reporting on wars around the world.

Reuters Middle East Managing Editor Mark Thompson said: “We are deeply disappointed that the Israeli army has failed to provide an account of the circumstances in which Fadel Shana was killed by a tank shell on April 16, nor any evidence to support its claim that they could not identify him as a journalist.

Here’s an alert with background from the Committee to Protect Journalists