FAIR kritisiert Artikel bezuegl. IHH-Verbot des New York Times

Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) ist eine Organisation aus den USA, die seit 1986 die Medienlandschaft beobachtet, und sich fuer eine faire Berichterstattung einsetzt.

Die New York Times (NYT) hatte in ihrer Ausgabe vom 15.07.2010 einen Link zwischen dem Verbot der deutschen IHH und der tuerkischen Hilfsorganisation IHH, die auch die Flotilla organisiert hatte, hergestellt. Dazu schreibt FAIR:

Ever since the Israeli raid on a Turkish group’s boat filled with aid for the Gaza Strip, there has been a lot of attempts in the press (FAIR Blog, 6/10/10), following Israel’s lead, to label the Turkish humanitarian group IHH a supporter of “terrorism.”

The latest salvo comes from a New York Times article (7/15/10) about the Turkish group having “extensive connections with Turkey’s political elite.”

The Times reports:

On Monday, Germany banned the charity’s offices, citing its support for Hamas, which Germany considers a terrorist organization. Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière said the charity abused donors’ good intentions “to support a terrorist organization with money supposedly donated for charitable purposes.” The newspaperSüddeutsche Zeitung said that from 2007 the charity collected $8.5 million and transferred money to six smaller organizations, two belonging directly to Hamas and four with close ties to it.

The charity called the ban a “disgrace” and “misanthropic” and said it would challenge it in court.

It looks like the reporters on this story didn’t do their homework. Numerous news outlets have noted that the German organization, which shares the Turkish group’s initials, is not connected to the Turkish group that co-sponsored the aid flotilla, meaning that Germany did not ban the Turkish group over “terrorist” ties. (The Turkish group’s initials stand for ?nsan Hak ve Hürriyetleri, or Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms; the German acronym stands for Internationale Humanitäre Hilfsorganisation, the International Humanitarian Aid Organization.)

A report in Ha’aretz (7/12/10) states: “Despite sharing the name, the German IHH has no connection to the Turkish group that organized the flotilla”; the Financial Times (7/12/10) reports that “IHH Turkey and IHH Germany share the same roots, as they were founded as a single group in Freiburg, Germany, in 1992. But the group split in two five years later”; and a Turkish daily (Hurriyet, 7/16/10) states that “German authorities” say the group split in 1997 and “are now two separate entities.”

The Times also relays the Israeli talking point that “the group has links to Al-Qaeda,” despite the fact that independent journalist Max Blumenthal (MaxBlumenthal.com, 6/3/10) forced the Israeli Defense Forces to retract that false claim.

Mehr und mehr festigt sich mein Eindruck, dass der Verbot der deutschen IHH zu diesem Zeitpunkt kein Zufall war. Es war gewollt, dass die tuerkische Flotilla-IHH diskreditiert, und einen Terroristenunterstuetzer-Ruf bekommen soll, da beide den gleichen Namen (IHH) tragen. Der Otto-Normalverbraucher in den USA macht sich nicht die Muehe, Berichte wie die der NYT genauer zu untersuchen.

Wer steckt hinter dem Verbot der deutschen IHH und der Diffamierungskampagne gegen die tuerkische IHH? Fuer mich ist es offensichtlich.