Australian ABC News advocacy journalist Sophie McNeill paints a picture of Palestinian suffering while failing to adequately acknowledge Israeli security concerns.

Sophie McNeill has a history of advocacy journalism. She has openly dedicated herself to:

…frame stories from the point of view of the people who are “really suffering.”

McNeill made it clear that when she said “people who are really suffering,” she meant Palestinians. And while there’s nothing wrong with presenting one, agenda-driven side to a complex story, it is not journalism. It is activism. In fact, HonestReporting previously published an in-depth review of Sophie McNeill’s unsuitability to report actual news.

Which is why it is so disturbing that Australia’s ABC News employs a self proclaimed, and openly biased advocate to report from Israel and the Palestinian territories.

In fact, ABC News’s own ethical rules clearly require:

  • Impartiality
  • Balance that follows the weight of evidence;
  • Fair treatment;
  • Open-mindedness;
  • A diversity of perspectives so that…no significant strand of thought or belief within the community is knowingly excluded or disproportionately represented;
  • Not to unduly favour one perspective over another.

Read the full story by Daniel Pomerantz on Honest Reporting DownUnder.

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