Study: Financial Times Disproportionately Blames Israel

(Jerusalem Post) Jonny Paul - A study published by Just Journalism, a London-based media monitoring organization, accuses the Financial Times newspaper's editorial coverage of ignoring the Iranian threat and viewing Israel as primarily responsible for the perpetuation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, after analyzing 121 editorials from 2009. The FT is also accused of downplaying factors integral to the conflict such as terrorism and the political split between Hamas in Gaza and Fatah in the West Bank. Israeli political leaders are depicted as "irredentist," "hawkish" and "ultra-nationalist," while Palestinian leaders are portrayed as "moderate" and "conciliatory." "This report demonstrates that the FT has repeatedly disregarded salient facts when it comes to the Middle East and disproportionately blames Israel for the region's woes," said Robin Shepherd, director of international affairs at the Cambridge-based Henry Jackson Society.

2010-02-03 08:15:10

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