The Guardian Rids Itself Of Treviño

Earlier today The Guardian & Joshua Trevino issued a joint statement declaring that they have decided to part ways.

“Joint statement from the Guardian and Joshua Treviño

Joshua Treviño wrote a piece for the Guardian on February 28, 2011 titled “Peter King has hearings, but is he listening?” The Guardian recently learned that shortly before writing this article the author was a consultant for an agency that had Malaysian business interests and that he ran a website called Malaysia Matters. In keeping with the Guardian’s editorial code this should have been disclosed.

“Under our guidelines, the relationship between Joshua and the agency should have been disclosed before the piece was published in order to give full clarity to our readers,” said Janine Gibson, editor-in-chief, Guardian US.”

I vigorously affirm that nothing unethical was done and I have been open with the Guardian in this matter. Nevertheless, the Guardian’s guidelines are necessarily broad, and I agree that they must be respected as such,” said Joshua Treviño.

We have therefore mutually agreed to go our separate ways and wish each other the best of luck.”

The Guardian explains that the reason for terminating Treviño’s employment is a conflict of interest that arose due to a piece Treviño wrote in February of 2011.

People that have been furious with The Guardian for hiring Treviño in the first place.

The Guardian’s decision to hire Treviño caused outrage, due to racist and Islamophobic tweets he made in the past and also blatant incitement for murder of peaceful activists aboard the flotilla that aimed to break the naval siege on Gaza in 2011.

Treviño also tweeted asking IDF soldiers not only to kill those aboard the flotilla but to “draw Muhammed everywhere” in reference to the prophet of the Muslim faith, which is a clear command for defamation and disrespect of an entire religion to which more than one billion people across the planet align.

It became evident day after day that Treviño was not going to have a long term working with The Guardian, as Ali Abunimah co-founder of the Electronic Intifada took it upon himself to keep pushing for The Guardian to acknowledge exactly why they have given a racist Islamophobe and inciter of murder a platform to write.

Abunimah wrote numerous pieces outlining the nature of Treviño on Electronic Intifada, as well as writing a piece for Aljazeera English detailing why many had called on The Guardian to re-evaluate their decision.

Websites such as Mondoweiss also addressed the issue. I followed most of the uproar on Twitter and my own timeline was constantly full of tweets to Treviño himself and The Guardian, unearthing more of Treviño’s vile and disturbing statements and tweets, ranging from Islamophobic tweets, to murder incitement, to disrespecting martyred American citizens such as Furkan Dogan and Rachel Corrie.

Scanning through Topsy, it was not hard to find a tweet by Treviño that would make your stomach cringe and make you question how The Guardian could be so careless in hiring him, and furthermore defending him when the backlash began.

Twitter users mobilized quickly and the articles on Electronic Intifada were spreading like wildfire. Treviño’s response was quite remarkable; he wrote a clarification of his infamous tweet and blocked most of the people that were tweeting at him, and thus exposing him.

The Infamous Tweet:

Sami Kishawi, founder of SMP [Sixteen Minutes To Palestine] broke down the tweet word for word and proved that in no way, shape or form was it taken out of context and detailed how it would be impossible for it to mean anything other than what it directly implied. Read the tweet break down here.

I managed to uncover a variety of tweets by Treviño that were unbelievably vile in nature and compiled them in a piece right here on Beyond Compromise.

Adam Akkad, editor-in-chief of Beyond Compromise also created a Twitter hashtag, #DumpJsTrevino , that gained much attention and unified the Twitterverse voice in demanding that Treviño be held accountable for his words.

Yet even after all of this, The Guardian claims that its termination of Treviño’s employment was a result of the above mentioned conflict of interest, which has to be one of the worst attempts at saving face that I have ever witnessed.
The fact of the matter is that regardless of what The Guardian or Treviño claim is the reason for them parting ways, I as well as everyone else involved in exposing Treviño, are certain that his termination was a result of his statements and tweets, and refusal to acknowledge responsibility for his own words.

This is a victory for honest and respectable journalism.  It is a victory for Palestine, for Furkan Dogan and Rachel Corrie, a victory against Zionism and its supporters.

Comments

  1. He earned it by himself

    Being stupid, racist & supporting terrorism isn’t the right answer trevino beik..

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