An example of the kind of “fearless journalism” we were promised with the launch of Al Jazeera English – what a shame it’s taken the best part of three years.
It’s also a shame that some of this appears to be so awfully contrived, especially that phone call!! The real phone conversation with such an intransigent would more than likely have gone very differently.
Al Jazeera English got lucky in the War on Gaza because their correspondents were already in the Gaza Strip when the barriers came down for the rest of the world’s media – fair play to them that they made great capital out of it.
However the test of good journalism is not just on how you cover a war, it is how you continue to be ground-breaking and original every day, and this kind of story is the perfect example – if only AJE would get their fingers out and do this more often, the world needs to know more about the way in which, slowly but surely, Israel is making a Palestinian state impossible.