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Friday, 23 October 2015 05:50

Biased reporting in Australian media about Palestine

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Fr Claude Mostowik msc 150Father Claude Mostowik msc, Justice Network Coordinator of Catholic Religious Australia (CRA), has challenged the national broadcaster, the ABC, on its misleading information on the unstable situation in Jerusalem and the West Bank to the Australian public through its pro-Israel bias even though there has been suffering for both peoples.

In a recent Lateline program, the presenter opened the program by falsely labelling Palestinians as terrorists, using the phrases, “another terrorist attack” and “one of the most serious Palestinian attacks”.

“It should be presumed that journalistic integrity meant reporting without bias and avoiding propaganda,” said Fr Claude. He pointed out that the presenter failed to mention:

• that in the Beersheba attack an innocent Eritrean immigrant was shot and savagely attacked by Israeli extremists;
• the continued state terrorism unleashed by Israel against the Palestinian people;
• video footage where knives had been planted next to people who were victims of extrajudicial execution;
• that those who do resist with knives and rocks face a heavily armed military with orders to 'shoot to kill' and face a protected settler militia;
• settlers who daily harass Palestinian school children, force Palestinians from their homes, prevent them from tending to their olive groves and in some cases burning homes and killing the occupant, as with the recent murders of toddler Ali Dawabshe and his parents.

Fr Claude expressed deep concern that there was no attempt to obtain a Palestinian view or perspective whilst interviewing an Israeli ‘expert’ who said, “We need to see very strong international condemnation of terrorism. This time it's mainly in the form of stabbings on the street, random stabbings of people. And I think if we have this kind of international condemnation of this phenomenon, then we will see more action by the Palestinian Authority.”

Furthermore, there was no acknowledgment of the root cause of the instability: 67 years of Israel’s theft and control of Palestinian land with its settlement expansion and the recent Israeli provocations denying Palestinians the right to worship at the Al Aqsa mosque.

Father Mostowik condemned the misleading of the Australian people, the majority of whom is supportive of Palestinian and human rights, by the unprofessional bias of supposedly respected carrier, he demanded the ABC stop treating the Australian public as ignorant, and called for a balanced and fair oversight of future presentations on the matter of Palestine.


For more information, please contact:
Fr Claude Mostowik msc
0411 450 953 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.