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Monday, November 09, 2009

Hamas blocks IFJ meeting on Ethical Journalism

Palestine Press Agency reports that the International Federation of Journalists scheduled a videoconference meeting on the topic of Ethical Journalism, a worldwide initiative that the IFJ has been pushing.

The videoconference was to have included journalists in Ramallah and Gaza, where dozens of journalists had gathered.

After the Gaza journalists arrived, the venue's management apologized and told them that Hamas stopped the transmission.

Who would have thought that Hamas would feel threatened by ethical journalism?

Meanwhile, Israel's journalist federation seems to be on its way back to re-joining the IFJ after the IFJ expelled them over the summer, when the IFJ may have been acting for political reasons.