Union Blues Times of London columnist Michael Gove explains why he quit the NUJ after nearly 20 years:(AS Quoted By Honest Reporting) This boycott is not of a repressive state that outlaws free expression (of which, sadly, there are still too many) but of one of the few states in the Middle East with a proper free press: Israel. The NUJ exists to defend, among other virtues, freedom of speech. That virtue is better defended in Israel than in any other nation of the Middle East and it comes under assault daily from forces driven by fanaticism. Now is a time, for all sorts of reasons, for showing solidarity with those defending democracy in that region, not for passing on the other side of the road. So, with no little sadness, I feel that I have to leave.
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from the article: Guardian editor condemns U.K. journalists' call to boycott Israel