ABC News advises staff against petition

ABC staff are warned signing a perition could impact on their impartiality in reporting Israel-Hamas war. But union objects.

ABC News Director Justin Stevens has advised ABC journalists not to sign a petition on media coverage of the Israel – Hamas war.

The petition, which also circulated to journalists at SMH / The Age and Guardian, asked them to commit to applying the same “professional scepticism” to uncorroborated Israeli government information as it applies to the terrorist group Hamas.

But Stevens warned staff, signing would impact their impartiality.

Union, the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance has described responses from some editors as an overreach and an attack on both journalists’ rights and the public’s right to know.