How the Murders of Journalists in the Middle East Are Brushed Aside
Date Written: 04/02/2019
Year Published: 2019
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX23362
Though higher-profile than most, Jamal Khashoggi was far from the first Arab journalist to be murdered in the Middle East. In his case, just like most others, cover-ups disguised as investigations may placate public outcry.
Why is the killing of one Arab journalist more equal than the killing of other Arab journalists? Why, for example, is the fate of Jamal Khashoggi, a friend and colleague of many of us, of infinitely more pressing importance than the fate of Yaser Murtaja?
The first clue is that Yaser Murtaja was killed in Gaza. The second is that he is one of 15 reporters or camera crew, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, killed by Israeli fire since 1992, two of them last year. Shooting at reporters in Gaza has become so routine - four more were wounded by Israeli bullets between May and September 2018 - that western newspapers and television scarcely bother to record their suffering.