A Rare Breed

As somebody else once pointed out there is no such thing as a free press; it’s owned and it’s the owners who ultimately call the shots. As Middle East correspondent Sam Kiley found out when he tried to submit a story at Rupert Murdoch’s The Times. As he discovered it was not in line with the paper’s editorial policy on Israeli assassinations.

“No pro-Israel lobbyist ever dreamed of having such power over a great national newspaper. They didn’t need to. Murdoch’s executives were so scared of irritating him that, when I pulled off a little scoop by tracking, interviewing and photographing the unit in the Israeli army which killed Mohammed al-Durrah, the 12-year-old boy whose death was captured on film and became the iconic image of the conflict, I was asked to file the piece “without mentioning the dead kid”.

After that conversation, I was left wordless, so I quit.”
The Evening Standard, London September 5 2001

It would appear that Sam Kiley is one of that rare breed, a journalist with integrity.