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DJ-Formand: Udsmidning af Al Jazeera fra Israel er et brud på pressefriheden

Onsdag morgen sendte DJ-formand Lars Werge et brev til Israels ambassadør i Danmark, hvori han kritiserede landets mål om at smide Al Jazeera ud af Israel.
(Opdateret med svar fra ambassaden)

Lars Werge advarer Israel om brud på pressefriheden

Flemming Leitorp

I brevet opfordrer Lars Werge Israels ambassadør i Danmark, Barukh Binah, til at bruge sin indflydelse i hjemlandet til at fortælle den israelske regering, at dennes mål om at smide tv-stationen Al Jazeera ud af landet er uacceptabelt og vil være skadelig for pressefriheden i Mellemøsten.

”Vi har hidtil ikke set Israel være blandt de lande (der vil have lukket Al Jazeera. red), og jeg må sige, jeg blev overrasket over at se citaterne fra jeres kommunikationsminister Ayoob Kara vedrørende Al Jazeera,” skriver DJ-formand Lars Werge i brevet til ambassadøren.

Landets kommunikationsminster udtalte i en pressemeddelelse, at siden Israel var det eneste land i den mellemøstlige region, der ikke havde fastslået, at Al Jazeera var et ”værktøj for IS, Hamas, Hezbollah og Iran”, så var der tale om selvbedrag.

Lars Werge er langt fra enig med Ayoob Kara. Han mener tværtimod, at der er tale om et alvorligt brud på pressefriheden, hvis Al Jazeera smides ud af Israel.

”I Dansk Journalistforbund modsætter vi os forsøg som dette på at blokere og lukke ned for medier i andre lande. Vi kæmper for frie medier og pressefrihed, hvor end disse bliver truet. Vores verden har brug for flere, ikke færre, frie medier, og det har jeres land også et ansvar for at bidrage til,” skriver DJ-formanden til ambassadøren.

Endelig opfordrer Lars Werge ambassadøren til at gøre alt i hans magt for at holder “linjerne åbne fra Al Jazeera til Israel”.

”Det er ikke i dine landsmænds interesse at mindske pressefriheden,” afslutter han.

Lars Werge har også protesteret i et brev til den Saudiske ambassadør i Danmark

Svar fra Israels ambassadør

Torsdag svarede Barukh Binah på brevet fra DJ’s formand. I sit svar skriver ambassadøren, at han fortsat er af den opfattelse, at Al Jazeera opildner til vold og had, samt at mediet udgiver falske nyheder.

”Israel har et af de største korps af udenlandske journalister i verden. De nyder, som de skal, ytringsfrihed akkurat som de lokale journalister gør det. Dog er promovering af tilskyndelse til vold, had og udgivelse af intentionelt ensidede, overdrevne og endda falske historier noget, som vi i Israel tager meget alvorligt, akkurat som dine forbundsmedlemmer og offentligheden gør det her i Danmark,” skriver Barukh Binah.

Ambassadøren lover i brevet at videresende Lars Werges protester til Jerusalem, mens han slår fast, at der endnu ikke er tale om en decideret ændring i Israels politik, men at sagen fortsat er på det ’spekulative’ stadie.


Læs hele brevet til den Israelske ambassadør herunder:

Regarding Al Jazeera

Dear Ambassador Barukh Binah,

I am writing you to urge you to use your influence in your home country to tell the Israeli government that their aim of “kicking out” the media Al Jazeera (as reported in Danish media, for instance) is unacceptable.

The Al Jazeera network is based in Qatar, amongst other places, and several countries have over the summer put pressure on the state of Qatar to make Qatar shut down Al Jazeera.

We have never previously seen Israel among these countries, and I must say that I was surprised to see the quotes from your Secretary of Communication, Mr. Ayoob Kara, regarding Al Jazeera.

In the National Union of Journalists in Denmark, of which I am the president, we oppose such attempts to block and close down media in other countries. We struggle for free media and for freedom of the press wherever it is under threat. Our world needs more, not less, free media, and right now it seems to be in the hands of your country to help to secure this.

I must therefore ask you to do whatever is in your power to keep open the lines from Al Jazeera to Israel. It is not in the interests of your fellow Israeli citizens to reduce the freedom of the press.

I will of course be delighted to exchange views and knowledge with you if you wish. Please feel free to contact me.

Best regards,

Lars Werge

President,

The Danish Union of Journalists

Kommentarer

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Jay Garfinkel

tor, 08/10/2017 - 13:11

I am a journalist living and working in Jerusalem and a member of the Jerusalem Press Club.
Please list which other countries' Ambassadors you protested to besides Israel? Have you written similar letters of protest to Jordan? Egypt? UAE? Saudi Arabia?
If not, why not?
All of these countries in the Middle East closed down the violence-promoting platform that is Al Jezeera. (in their Arabic language broadcasts)
Please clarify why you single out Israel.
Respectfully,
Jay Garfinkel

Charlotte Thalmay

lør, 08/12/2017 - 14:12

Hvorfor må vi ikke se hele svaret fra ambassadøren?

Samuel Frank-V…

ons, 08/16/2017 - 15:04

Jeg kan egentlig godt forstå israelerne. Selvom det er vigtigt at bevare pressefriheden uden politisk indblanding, er det vel en anden situation, når det drejer sig om menneskeliv. Hvis al-Jazeera virkelig opfordrer til vold mod israelske statsborgere, og hvis den israelske ordensmagt finder, at dette direkte eller indirekte medfører terrorisme vendt mod israelere, så er det da den israelske regerings pligt at bekæmpe al-Jazeera's indflydelse. I Danmark ville vi nok også tænke det samme, hvis palæstinensere havde sprunget vores busser i luften eller stukket tilfældige mennesker ned på danske gader og stræder. Og hvis vores politi i morgen finder ud af, at den seneste voldsbølge i København skyldes opfordringer til vold fra en bestemt kilde, så håber jeg da, at denne kilde begrænses.

To follow up on Denmark's Union of Journalists protest. This is the text of a story that appeared in todays Times of Israel.
It is clear that why Israel is stripping Al Jazeera. Their journalists are self admitted resistance fighters and not worthy of real journalists defense.
TEXT
"The GPO (Israel Government Press Office) said the decision to strip Jerusalem correspondent Elias Karram of his press card came after it was alerted this week of a 2016 interview in which the Arab Israeli reporter said “media work is an integral part of the resistance.”
“As a Palestinian journalist in an occupied area or in a conflict zone, media work is an integral part of the resistance and its educational political activity,” Karram said in the interview, according to a translation provided by the GPO. “The journalist fulfills his role in the opposition with the pen, voice or camera because he is part of this people and he carries out resistance in his unique way.”

The GPO said that a hearing will be held for Karram to clarify his comments and how his role as a self-declared member of the “resistance” influences “his work as a journalist according to universal ethics.”

“These remarks call into question the ability of Karram, the representative of a foreign network, to cover – as a professional journalist – the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in which, according to his own words, he is taking an active part,” the GPO said in a statement.

Al Jazeera declined to immediately comment on the move.

Ricki Berg

tor, 08/17/2017 - 10:08

Tænk at jeg skal skrive dette til formanden for Danmarks Journalist Forbund... Pressefrihed er ikke frihed til at udvælge de elementer der passer bedst ind i ens kram, og udelade al anden relevant information, for derved at retfærdiggøre sine holdninger og sit budskab. Denne historie er jo "Den korte avis" værdig.

Eftersom Journalistforbundet ikke synes det er relevant at vise hele ambassadens svar som indeholder væsentlig kritik af Journalistforbundets håndtering, og svar på tiltale som bliver ignoreret af Lars Werge, så kan man se hele ambassadens svar her:
http://embassies.gov.il/copenhagen/NewsAndEvents/Pages/Ambassadens-svar…

The job of journalists is to dig into the facts of a story and find the truth. That has not happened in the case of the Danish Unions defense of Al Jazeera. The president had not provided information of who own Al Jazeera and for what purpose. Here is an unbiased, factually based data sheet of just who the Kingdom of Qatar is and the international criminals it harbors and the terror organizations it finances. As journalists you need to read this and make your own determination if you want to stand behind your Union Presidents public excoriation of Israel.
Please read the following.
https://www.counterextremism.com/content/qatar-money-and-terror