Jennine Khalik is a Digital producer and journalist at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). She happens to identify as palestinian.
You might think she would at least pretend to be objective. Think again.
Khalik has gone into overdrive to politicize the horrific murder of Arab-Israeli student Aiia Maasarwe.
And this isn’t the first time she has attempted to wipe Israel off the map.
Naturally, she is all for the so-called palestinian “Right of Return”, which would result in Israel’s destruction.
And co-opting Christian symbols? Sure, why not!
According to ABC Australia’s own code of practice:
4. Impartiality and diversity of perspectives
Principles: The ABC has a statutory duty to ensure that the gathering and presentation of news and information is impartial according to the recognised standards of objective journalism.
Aiming to equip audiences to make up their own minds is consistent with the public service
character of the ABC. A democratic society depends on diverse sources of reliable information and contending opinions. A broadcaster operating under statute with public funds is legitimately expected to contribute in ways that may differ from commercial media, which are free to be partial to private interests.
Judgements about whether impartiality was achieved in any given circumstances can vary among individuals according to their personal and subjective view of any given matter of contention.
Acknowledging this fact of life does not change the ABC’s obligation to apply its impartiality standard as objectively as possible. In doing so, the ABC is guided by these hallmarks of impartiality:
• a balance that follows the weight of evidence;
• fair treatment;
• open-mindedness; and
• opportunities over time for principal relevant perspectives on matters of contention to be
The ABC aims to present, over time, content that addresses a broad range of subjects from a
diversity of perspectives reflecting a diversity of experiences, presented in a diversity of ways from a diversity of sources, including content created by ABC staff, generated by audiences and commissioned or acquired from external content-makers.
Impartiality does not require that every perspective receives equal time, nor that every facet of
every argument is presented.
Assessing the impartiality due in given circumstances requires consideration in context of all relevant factors including:
• the type, subject and nature of the content;
• the circumstances in which the content is made and presented;
• the likely audience expectations of the content;
• the degree to which the matter to which the content relates is contentious;
• the range of principal relevant perspectives on the matter of contention; and
• the timeframe within which it would be appropriate for the ABC to provide opportunities for the principal relevant perspectives to be expressed, having regard to the public importance of the matter of contention and the extent to which it is the subject of current debate.
4.1 Gather and present news and information with due impartiality.
4.2 Present a diversity of perspectives so that, over time, no significant strand of thought or belief within the community is knowingly excluded or disproportionately represented.
4.3 Do not state or imply that any perspective is the editorial opinion of the ABC. The ABC takes no editorial stance other than its commitment to fundamental democratic principles including the rule of law, freedom of speech and religion, parliamentary democracy and equality of opportunity.
4.4 Do not misrepresent any perspective.
4.5 Do not unduly favour one perspective over another
As a journalist for ABC Australia, I would have thought Khalik would need to conform to this code of practice.
Please join me in lodging a complaint to ABC Australia.
Update: Since Khalik is into identity politics (hat tip: Yoel)
The Masarweh surname (among Christians from Jordan) originates from a regional Arabic slang word meaning ‘the Egyptians’.
Update: Khalik tweets:
The only defamation here are her claims I am racist, I wrote anything defamatory, and I did it to “discredit [her] because of [her] background.”
I wrote this post because she is a journalist. This post has screenshots with her own words; by calling an Israeli-Arab “palestinian”, she absolutely is wiping Israel off the map; and by supporting the right of return of descendants of palestinian Arabs to towns and cities in Israel, she is supporting the destruction of the Jewish state of Israel.
I will not be bullied, Jennine. You are not above criticism, so don’t play your identity as a “get out of jail free” card. You erase MY country, and I WILL call you out on it.