Did Louis Michel Blame Hamas for Gaza Violence?

Posted by John Rosenthal

Last week, numerous news outlets, following the lead of the AFP, reported that EU Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Louis Michel had placed the blame for the violence in Gaza squarely on Hamas. Did he? Well, no. In fact, Louis Michel repeated the exact same charges against Israel that he had made two weeks earlier: accusing Israel [...]

The AFP: News Agency and French “Strike Force”

Posted by John Rosenthal

The Tuesday edition of Le Figaro (29 November) published a rather rambling essay on the AFP or Agence Presse-France by the ex-President of the organization Lionel Fleury. Fleury’s reflections leave little room for doubt that the raison d’être of the AFP is not simply to inform, but rather to “inform” in such a way as [...]

The AFP Can Count to Four

Posted by John Rosenthal

Gilead Ini writing last week on the excellent media watch site CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America) notes a highly curious example of the AFP “doctoring” a Times of London report seemingly to fit the Middle East policy orientations of the French Foreign Ministry. Whereas the original Times piece reported that [...]