While it kills thousands of people in Gaza, Israel is spending millions of dollars on its public image on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram, writes Alan MacLeod. The blitz includes an invasion of the Community Notes function on X/Twitter.
It is no longer enough to tether correspondents to the perspective of the military from whose side they report. We appear to be on the way to having wars fought — huge, bloody, consequential wars — without any witnesses.
Radio New Zealand (RNZ), for instance, says it decided not to broadcast or report on a Palestinian guest’s remarks because it “would have stolen valuable time” from those being interviewed, writes Mick Hall.
The act of condemnation has been cynically weaponised, writes Jonathan Cook. The aim is not to show solidarity with Israelis. It’s to fan the flames of hatred to rationalise crimes against Palestinians.