Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Maybe I could live with media curbs in the Middle East but Holocaust denial?

At the end of last term we were asked to prepare a seminar about the prospects for graduate journalists getting a job this summer.

One of the areas under discussion were the opportunities in the Middle East with the rumours that many of last year's graduates went out there.

We were asked what sort of problems we would encounter out there and the usual list of cultural and language barriers came up.

I chipped in with restraint on publishing freedom but it got little reaction.

Little did I expect to see this though which is doing the rounds of the blogosphere.How would you fancy working for a paper which publishes a holocaust denial piece?

Roy Greenslade flags up the case of the Dubai-based daily Gulf News which published the following article Zionists are the new Nazis

Today, the whole world stands as a witness to the fact that the Nazi holocaust was a mere lie, which was devised by the Zionists to blackmail humanity. The same Zionist entity swindled the world out of billions of dollars over the years to compensate the wrong and unjust which they claim to have been inflicted on their people.
"It is evident that the holocaust was a conspiracy hatched by the Zionists and Nazis, and many innocent people gave their lives as a result of this inhuman plot."


Martin Belam said...

I nearly took a job at Gulf News a few years back, but even just being there a couple of days and talking to the guys on the web team, it seemed obvious that I was going to struggle with the editorial process of producing a paper in the UAE

Kirsty Watkinson said...

I know I wouldn't adapt well to the censorship in other countries, but it's like the fake website created once citing as fact a torrent of lies about Martin Luther King jr... You just can't trust what you read online anymore! Not that you ever could. And people who have never heard of such things (lack of worldy knowledge withstanding comment) will take this to be historical fact. That said, how much can you truly say was included in history, and how much was left out? Nothing's ever as black and white as it seems at first...