Are Newspapers Responsible For Spreading Hate?

An August story in the Swedish newspaper, Aftonbladet described Israel soldiers plundering Arab bodies for body parts in order to make money. Aftonbladet has argued it simply presented a story written by a reporter and their editors refuse to acknowledge there were factual errors in the story even though one editor admitted in his blog that Aftonbladet had no evidence to support charges of organ stealing in the article. Instead, the editors rap themselves in the covering of “freedom of the press” to support their right to print what they desire. It is one thing to print what one desires, it is another to spread hate and refuse to admit mistakes.

Andrea Levin of the Committee for Accuracy In Middle East Reporting blasted the Swedish newspaper for unleashing a series of hate filled articles throughout the Arab world about Jews stealing body parts. Articles about the alleged organ thievery have appeared in newspapers in Syria, Qatar, Jordan, the UAE, and Oman as well as in other areas containing large numbers of Muslims. The stories usually are accompanied by pictures of Jews devouring children or innocent people.

No one denies the right of Aftonbladet to print whatever it desires. However, if a story that appeared in the newspaper contained misleading and inaccurate information it is the responsibility of its editors to correct the mistakes.