About 200 people rallied outside the ABC’s offices on November 17 over its biased coverage of Israel’s genocidal war on Gaza.
The ABC has been criticised for “downplaying” the attacks and broadcasting Israeli claims and propaganda without fact-checking.
Chants of “Shame, shame ABC!” and “ABC you can’t hide, you’re supporting genocide!” echoed around the Ultimo streets, accompanied by beeps from cars supporting the protesters.
A banner with the ABC logo was hung on a nearby footbridge, it read: “Complicit in genocide.”
The rally was called after an episode of Q+A on November 13 in which host Patricia Karvelas gave time to Zionist lobbyist Mark Leibler, former Liberal MP Dave Sharma and assistant foreign minister Tim Watts while sidelining Francesca Albanese, United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, and accusing Australia Palestine Advocacy Network president Nasser Mashni of funding Hamas.
Albanese later compared the treatment of Mashni to being “in front of an execution squad”.
ABC staff held a meeting on November 8 over the use of language in covering Israel’s bombardment. Journalists criticised ABC managements reliance on Israeli sources and spoke against bans on the use of words like “genocide” and “invasion” to describe Israel’s actions in Gaza.
The rally heard from Palestinian and student activists, including Honi Soit editor Ethan Floyd, University of Sydney Student Representative Council president Lia Perkins and Shamikh Badra, convenor of the Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine.