Author Archives: Simon Plosker

Prisoner X: Israel Compared to the Gulag

The headline “Israel’s Prisoner X driven to suicide by interrogation, lawyer suggests” conjures images of torture, water boarding and all round human rights abuses – something that The Guardian’s readers, fed on a diet of anti-Israel stories, would be keen to embrace. Lacking a smoking gun of abuse, Peter Beaumont instead indulges in pure fiction


HR Stars in Jerusalem Report Feature Article

The latest print edition of the Jerusalem Report runs a feature article “Watchdogs on the Media Battlefield” with substantial input from and focus on the work of HonestReporting. The article interviews HR Managing Editor Simon Plosker, whose photo working at his desk in HR’s International HQ in Jerusalem takes up a two-page spread. Here are


10 Month Settlement Freeze Vanishes Into the Sky

Journalistic prose isn’t necessarily judged on what is written but by what the reader understands. In the following snippet from Sky News correspondent Dominic Waghorn, the reader would not understand that, contrary to a blanket refusal by Israel to freeze settlements, construction was, in fact, halted in West Bank settlements for a 10 month period at the end


HR On Tour: UK & US Speaking Events

HonestReporting staff will be speaking at a number of venues in February both in the UK and the US. Details below: Simon Plosker in the UK Managing Editor Simon Plosker will be presenting “Fighting Media Bias: Time For Some Honest Reporting” at the following venues: Monday, February 25, 9.15 pm: Cockfosters & N Southgate Synagogue,


BBC “Forgets” Holocaust Memorial Day

In its coverage of Holocaust Memorial Day, the BBC reports: The millions of Jews and others killed during the Holocaust are to be remembered in services across the UK, as part of Holocaust Memorial Day. Guess which story the “Unnamed page” on the BBC News site’s most shared section goes to. What an unfortunate error


Morsi: The Jews Distorted My Anti-Semitic Comments

Now that Egyptian President Morsi’s comments about Jews being “descendants of apes and pigs” have been picked up by the mainstream media, particularly the New York Times, perhaps they might want to follow up on the meeting of US senators with Morsi in Cairo, as reported by The Times of Israel: At first, the Egyptian