1) The inclusion of U.S.-Israeli journalist Anna Wexler on a panel caused divisions within the Arab Science Journalists Association (ASJA), a co-sponsor of the conference.
|Anna Wexler. Image: lab.wgbh.org|
2) Under pressure from their journalists' union that objected to Wexler's presence, two Jordanian journalists decided to boycott the meeting altogether; they may be removed from an international science journalism training program as a result.
3) Israel barred a Palestinian journalism professor from attending the event.
|Maziar Bahari was a reporter for Newsweek from 1998 to 2011. The Iranian government accused him of spying in 2009. He was detained and tortured in the notorious Evin Prison in Tehran for 118 days before released.|
I'll stick to the latter.
Because I believe that not even science can escape from the ugly shadow of politics.