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To: CNN, The New York Times

CNN & The New York Times: Stop the journalistic malpractice NOW!

Statement: More than 31,470 Palestinians, including 12,500 children, have been killed by the Israeli military with more than 8,000 people missing under the rubble. That is one out of every 75 people in Gaza. You read that right. One person out of every 75 Palestinians in Gaza have been killed. 1.9 million Palestinians (85% of Gaza’s population) have been displaced. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians are starving right now in Gaza with dozens of children slowly and cruelly dying due to dehydration and starvation. This is the heartbreaking and immoral reality that Palestinians are facing.

During such a devastating time, we should be able to trust that media outlets like CNN and The New York Times will report fairly and honestly. Unfortunately, that is not currently the case. CNN’s staff came out and reported that CNN’s editorial policies “have led to a regurgitation of Israeli propaganda and the censoring of Palestinian perspectives”, and that the network’s pro-Israel slant amounts to “journalistic malpractice”. And The New York Times has shown a consistent bias against Palestinians, often using passive language when talking about Palestinians killed by the Israeli military. This is dehumanizing, unacceptable, and wrong.

Will you sign the petition to demand that CNN and The New York Times stop the journalistic malpractice and report fairly NOW?

Why is this important?

CNN and The New York Times are two major news outlets who largely control narratives and public perceptions on any given topic. We deserve fair and honest coverage. CNN and The New York Times must stop the journalistic malpractice NOW.

Recently, a freelance Israeli journalist for The New York Times was exposed for liking a social media post that called for Israel to turn the Gaza Strip “into a slaughterhouse” and other horrific content. This exposes a clear bias in traditional news media, and they must do better.

And The New York Times' language to describe the killing of Israeli people versus Palestinian people has been damningly passive. The words "slaughter," "horrific," and "massacre" have been used in relation to Israelis 86 times but only three times for Palestinians. And when discussing the prisoner exchanges, The New York Times referred to “Israeli women and children” being exchanged for “Palestinian women and minors.”

Since October 7, news outlets have been partially responsible for messaging to the American people about what's happening, and some of the facts are just not adding up.

CNN agreed to terms that condition that in order to enter Gaza, they'd have to submit all materials and footage to the Israeli military for review prior to publication, giving the Israeli military the opportunity to suppress content and materials that might showcase Palestinian suffering.

CNN also hired a former Israeli military soldier, who was a member of the IDF’s Spokesperson Unit which is responsible for public relations, to report on CNN’s war coverage.

There are record reports of increased acts of hate against Muslim, Arab, and Jewish communities throughout the country. Outlets’ choice to publish articles that inflame tensions and increase hatred against communities already experiencing a record number of hateful threats is irresponsible and dangerous.

The media plays a huge role in public perception and opinion. Media outlets have a responsibility to publish factual articles and to act with journalistic integrity that promotes the peace and safety of all peoples.

CNN and The New York Times have staff that are sounding the alarm about journalistic malpractice. We must come together in solidarity to hold CNN and The New York Times accountable and to demand that they report fairly and honestly.

Will you take action now and sign the petition?


2024-03-20 18:45:24 -0400

1,000 signatures reached

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500 signatures reached

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