woensdag 18 augustus 2010

Onderzoeken Gaza Flotilla overshaduwen commissie burgeroorlog Sri Lanka in de media

 
"Waarom toch altijd Israel?" is een vraag die vriend en vijand bezig houdt. Ik kan begrijpen dat Israel gevoelsmatig dichterbij ligt, maar ik begrijp niet dat mensen blijven zeggen dat Israel met van alles wegkomt dat andere landen niet mogen, terwijl het in feite precies omgekeerd is. Tijdens de Gaza oorlog werd Israel continu van de meest grove schendingen van de mensenrechten beschuldigd, terwijl het Sri Lankese leger een stukje verderop ongehinderd door lastige media en internationale bemoeienis de Tamil Tijgers een kopje kleiner maakte. Daarbij vielen vele duizenden burgerslachtoffers (schattingen lopen van 7.000 tot 30.000) terwijl bij de Gaza oorlog in totaal ca. 1.200 doden vielen aan Palestijnse zijde, waarvan zeker de helft strijders.
Israel is sindsdien ook fel bekritiseerd omdat het niet wilde meewerken aan een internationaal onderzoek naar de zaak, en dat haar eigen onderzoeken niet zouden deugen. Er was tegelijkertijd nauwelijks aandacht voor het onderzoek dat Sri Lanka deed naar de gevechten die zoveel bugers het leven kostten.
 
RP
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Flotilla inquiries overshadow Sri Lankan civil war commission

http://www.justjournalism.com/media-analysis/view/flotilla-inquiries-overshadow-sri-lankan-civil-war-commission

13 August 2010

This week has seen considerable coverage of the developments surrounding the multiple investigations into Israel's boarding of the Mavi Marmara, which resulted in nine dead passengers and several wounded Israel Defence Force soldiers. Firstly, several top-ranking Israelis, including the Prime Minister, were called before the Turkel Committee. Secondly, Israel agreed to participate in a UN inquiry, before raising concerns about its soldiers being forced to give evidence.

The amount of coverage that the inquiries into Israel's actions have received are in stark contrast to that given to an ongoing inquiry into how the Sri Lankan military conducted its operations against the Tamil separatists in 2009. That military campaign, which brought to an end a long running civil war, allegedly resulted in the deaths of thousands of civilians; the UN estimates that 7,000 were killed, while the International Crisis Group contends that at least 30,000 died.

(Just Journalism analysed the disparity in how the Sri Lankan campaign and Israel's Operation Cast Lead, which occurred during the same time period, were portrayed in the media. To read our special report on the subject, click here. http://www.justjournalism.com/special-reports/download/Israel_and_Sri_Lanka_-_a_media_analysis_of_war_crimes_allegations.pdf)

In the broadsheets, there were 13 articles on the Israeli inquiries, covering the appearances of Prime Minister Netanyahu, Defence Minister Barak, and Chief of General Staff Ashkenazi, as well as the ongoing negotiations over the scope of the UN inquiry. The Financial Times published a single article – 'Netanyahu defends attack on aid ship', by Vita Bekker – while The Daily Telegraph published the most, with four.

In contrast, there were only two articles published in the broadsheets on the Sri Lanka inquiry – and one of these only appeared online. The Independent published 'Sri Lanka's civil war inquiry is 'eyewash', say Tamils', by Andrew Buncombe, while The Guardian's 'Sri Lanka civil war commission begins hearing' was an online article lifted from the Associated Press.

On the BBC News website, the Sri Lankan commission was given as much coverage as the developments surrounding Israel's inquiries, with both being covered with two articles each.
 

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