Some journalists working with Western media outlets have in recent weeks been forced to resign while some others have chosen not to collaborate with their news organizations in covering up the truth about what’s unfolding in Gaza.
Earlier this week, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, essayist, and poetry editor of the New York Times Magazine, Anne Boyer, resigned from her post in protest against the unfair and lopsided coverage of the Israeli regime’s war on Gaza.
“The Israeli state’s US-backed war against the people of Gaza is not a war for anyone. There is no safety in it or from it, not for Israel, not for the United States or Europe,” she wrote in her resignation letter, adding that wars have no profit but for “oil interests and weapon manufacturers”.
Days before Boyer’s resignation, the other New York Times Magazine staff writer Jazmine Hughes and contributing writer Jamie Lauren Keiles called it quits after joining the Writers Against the War on Gaza (WAWOG) coalition, which was considered a violation of newsroom policies.
The coalition, which is modeled on an organization founded in 1965 named the American Writers Against the Vietnam War, has been vocal in its support for Palestine and invites writers, editors, and others to unite against the war on Gaza.
“Israel’s war against Gaza is an attempt to conduct genocide against the Palestinian people. This war did not begin on October 7th,” the WAWOG wrote in a statement.
“However, in the last 19 days, the Israeli military has killed over 6,500 Palestinians, including more than 2,500 children, and wounded over 17,000. Gaza is the world’s largest open-air prison: its 2 million residents—a majority of whom are refugees, descendants of those whose land was stolen in 1948—have been deprived of basic human rights since the blockade in 2006.”
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