AFP has finally fired Palestinian reporter Nasser Abu Baker whose partisan activity in senior posts at the Palestinian Journalists' Syndicate embodies the Palestinian Authority ideal of "journalism in the service of the revolution," which inherently conflicts with the news agency's "rigorous neutrality."
For the last decade, organizations representing Israeli journalists have been banished from the International Federation of Journalists, the world's largest organization of media professionals, ostensibly due to the "non-payment of fees." For years, IFJ's has been overtly hostile to Israel while coddling the Palestinian government and union, which advanced a boycott of Israeli journalists.
Times of Israel adds key information about Palestinian attacks to an AFP article, one of two recent AFP articles which whitewashed Palestinian violence. AFP's tilt isn't surprising given its employment of Fatah's Nasser Abu Baker.
AFP's Nasser Abu Baker is one of 1,400 delegates to the Seventh Fatah Congress. He is also running for the Fatah Revolutionary Council. How does this square with AFP's stated commitment to impartiality?