For over a decade, Agence France-Presse (AFP), third largest international news agency behind AP and Reuters, has employed a correspondent for Israeli-Palestinian affairs who also happens to be a Palestinian political operative.
In an exposé for the Daily Caller, Ziva Dahl, Senior Fellow at the Haym Salomon Center, describes Nasser Abu Bakr as "a Palestinian political operative and aspiring politician, architect of a campaign to boycott and intimidate Israeli journalists and a man who recently ran for elected office on the Palestinian Fatah Revolutionary Council."
"As chairman of the Fatah-controlled Palestinian Journalists Syndicate," Dahl continues,
Abu Bakr has publicly declared that his sole mission is to “combat normalization” with Israel by calling for a boycott of Israeli media. He protested against Al-Quds, a Palestinian newspaper, for daring to run an Israeli advertisement and threatened Palestinian leadership with “publish(ing) the name of any official who gives an interview to their (Israeli) media.” His goal: to delegitimize Israel in the eyes of the public.
Under his leadership, PJS labels their Israeli colleagues the “mouthpiece” for the “occupation.” And his accusation that Israel perpetrates “Nazi and racists crimes” reveals his extreme hatred for the Jews.
The non-partisan Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) first broke the story about Abu Bakr’s employment at AFP and has reported extensively about his political activities, but the AFP has taken no action except to suspend Their Man in "Palestine" for one single week for running for public office.
Le Monde journalist Yves Mamou has argued, Why fire Abu Bakr when the pro-Palestinian bias of AFP is so glaring that many in France have renamed the news agency “Agence France Palestine”?
In Mamou's opinion, Ziva Dahl writes,
AFP systematically delegitimizes Israel in the eyes of readers — always referring to the disputed territories (aka West Bank) as “Palestinian occupied territory”—always describing East Jerusalem as “annexed and occupied by Israel.” Cyprus, Tibet, Crimea and other annexed or occupied territories are not described in a similar manner. News from AFP never mentions that Palestinians shout “Allahu Akbar” (“Allah is the Greatest”) while stabbing and shooting Israelis, leaving the impression that they are freedom fighters rather than murderers killing in the name of Allah. And the language AFP uses when referring to Israelis leaves the impression that they are oppressors of helpless Palestinians.
Pro-Palestinian bias in the French media? We're shocked, shocked.