The recent NUJ vote to boycott goods and services from Israel damages the credibility of UK journalism claims the Guardian’s Jonathan Freedland.
Writing for his blog he calls the move which was approved at the Union’s annual conference as ‘perverse’, suggesting that if the proposers were concerned enough to censure harsh regimes which curtailed press freedom, they should have also called for boycotts against, China, Russia, Pakistan and Zimbabwe.
Freedland also voices concern at the possible attitude of the Israeli authorities towards NUJ members and suggests they may ask ‘How can we trust what you write or say about the Middle East? You’re members of a union that boycotts the very country you’re writing about.’
Journalism.co.uk also reports that a similar backlash is taking place in the blogosphere.