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Den israelske TV-journalisten Lisa Goldmans to reportasjeturer til Beirut skapte oppstandelse: Hizbollahs kanal Al Manar og Al Jazeera beskyldte henne for å ha brukt falske papirer og for å ha blitt hjulpet inn av libansere underhånden. Ingenting stemte.

Goldman arbeider i Channel 10. På ettårsdagen for krigen ville de lage reportasjer om dagens Beirut. For israelere er Libanon noe kun på bilder og i fantasien. Nå skulle en av deres egne rapportere derfra. Goldman fikk mange positive seer-reaksjoner: folk visste ikke at Beirut var en så vakker by, med interessante mennesker.

Men Al Manar og Al Jazeera sådde tvil om motiv og metoder. Goldman slår tilbake i sin lesverdige blogg:

Over the past few days my report from Lebanon has elicited some very interesting responses.

On the one hand, I have received so many warm and supportive emails from Lebanese readers that I simply have not had time to respond to them all. Those emails came from people who identified themselves as Sunni, Shi’a and Christian. I am more touched and grateful for those emails than I can say. I have also received a lot of feedback from Israelis who saw the report and my follow-up interview on London and Kirshenbaum, and again the responses have been overwhelmingly positive. Quite a few Israelis told me that they never knew Beirut was so beautiful, lively and cosmopolitan, and that they were both intrigued and pleasantly surprised. As far as I am concerned, those responses mean mission accomplished for me.

On the other hand, Al Manar and Al Jazeera have both broadcast reports that are full of misinformation, half-truths and agenda pushing. I do not like being used to score political points or further editorial agendas. I have very low expectations of Al Manar, although I did ask a friend in Ramallah to ask the local correspondent if he would like to interview me. So far, no response. But hey, if you guys at Al Manar do decide that you want to broadcast the truth – just let me know. Your correspondent is most welcome to interview me at home: ahalan w sahalan.

Goldberg utfordrer særlig Al Jazeera, som gjerne vil være åpne og globale. Men hvorfor er de da så negative og selektive i omtalen av en israelsk journalisten som vil strekke ut en hånd og fortelle hvordan det er å leve på den andre siden?

So here is my challenge to all you guys at the Al Jazeera desk in Doha who check my blog several times per day: interview me, and let your millions of viewers hear the truth. Let them hear that my report about Beirut was very positive – that I described it as a dynamic, open, cosmopolitan and beautiful city. Let them hear that I entered the country with no help from anyone, and that I traveled around the city on my own, on foot and by taxi. Let’s tell the truth. The bureau chief in Ramallah has my mobile number. Call him and ask him to set up an interview, and send one of your stringers to my home. I’ll even make him a nice cup of coffee, using the delicious Cafe Najjar (with or without cardamon – I’ll let you choose) that I bought at duty free before I boarded my flight to Amman.


Setting the record straight: a challenge to Al Jazeera