Is Australian journalism really a victim of the ‘pro-Israel lobby’?

Veteran editor and correspondent John Lyons returns to a popular complaint that Australia’s journalists live in fear of the ‘pro-Israel lobby’. The reality is a little less simplistic.

John Lyons and Crikey editor-in-chief Peter Fray (Image: Private Media)

Dateline Jerusalem: Journalism’s Toughest Assignment. John Lyons. Monash University Publishing

All journalists, especially editors, make choices, sins of omissions and commissions. Secondly, all journalists, especially editors, will be lobbied, cajoled and sometimes abused by people or groups seeking to fashion those choices. The question is, to what extent does the latter dynamic influence the former? 

In Dateline Jerusalem: Journalism’s Toughest Assignment, John Lyons argues, with a force fuelled by decades of experience and in a style best described as cool rage, that when it comes to reporting Israel, Australia’s news media has been beaten into submission by the local “pro-Israel lobby”.

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