Australian columnist cleared of ‘anti-Semitic’ writing

SYDNEY, Australia - An Australian newspaper columnist who accused the pro-Israel lobby of being “a ferocious beast” that “lunges from its lair, fangs bared” was cleared of breaching press standards.
A complaint against Mike Carlton, who writes a weekly column in the Sydney Morning Herald, was dismissed last week by the Australian Press Council after a reader took umbrage at his columns in June following the Gaza flotilla incident.
The complainant, Judy Maynard, accused Carlton’s columns of containing ''anti-Semitic elements” that “bring opprobrium on Jews through the use of racist imagery [and] factually incorrect statements.''
In his June 5 column, Carlton had also described Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu as “an unprincipled thug addicted to the use of military force.”
Subscribe for our daily newsletter
Subscribe for our daily newsletter

By subscribing I accept the terms of use and privacy policy

Read all Tweets >