Dan Ephron

      Journalists Fall Prey to Palestinian Booby-Traps

      In the labyrinth of concrete homes and competing claims that mark Israel's operation in Gaza, the Los Angeles Times' Ken Ellingwood loses his way, straying from the Society of Professional Journalists' Code of Ethics in reporting a Palestinian claim as fact. He is joined in this by the Guardian's Chris McGreal on NPR.

      UPDATED: Journalists Veer Off ‘Road Map,’ Crash Into Cease-Fire

      It seems that some members of the media are having a tough time differentiating the terms of the American brokered "road map" from Palestinian unilateral demands on Israel. Namely, while Palestinians have conditioned their cease-fire on the release of thousands of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli prisons (among other demands), the "road map" plan, drawn up by the United States, European Union, Russia, and the United Nations, has nothing at all to say about Palestinian prisoners.

      Thumbs Up to Charles Radin and Dan Ephron

      THUMBS UP to the Boston Globe's Charles Radin Jerusalem bureau chief, and Globe reporter Dan Ephron for their April 29 article entitled "Claims of massacre go unsupported by Palestinian fighters," which represents an unusual effort to get beyond the "he said/she said" counter-allegations concerning Israel's actions in Jenin. Rather than simply reporting the competing claims of officials on each side, Radin spoke with Palestinian fighters and others on the scene to get their version of events.