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Sky Interviews Hamas Head

While there is an argument to be made against giving terrorists airtime on TV, credit to Sky News’ Tim Marshall for his interview with Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal in Damascus. Having secured an exclusive of this nature, many journalists would have pandered to the interviewee, treating him with kid gloves. Not so with Marshall, who

Ban Bari Atwan

In August 2007, HonestReporting UK brought to its readers’ attention Abd Al-Bari Atwan, editor-in-chief of London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper. Bari Atwan had stated on Lebanese TV: “If the Iranian missiles strike Israel, by Allah, I will go to Trafalgar Square and dance with delight” and expressed his hope that Iran would attack Israel in the event

Ban Bari Atwan

In August 2007, HonestReporting UK brought to its readers’ attention Abd Al-Bari Atwan, editor-in-chief of London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper. Bari Atwan had stated on Lebanese TV: “If the Iranian missiles strike Israel, by Allah, I will go to Trafalgar Square and dance with delight” and expressed his hope that Iran would attack Israel in the event

Kid’s Paper: Failing Impressionable Young Minds

The Arab-Israeli conflict is complicated enough for adults to fully understand, let alone children. Too many times, mainstream media fails to provide the necessary context to the story. So why has a children’s newspaper simplified recent events into this photo and caption? First News claims to be the widest read weekly children’s publication in the UK. As such,

Gaza: UK Media Reacts Against Israel

The past few days of Israeli counter-terror operations in the Gaza Strip were bound to create a media frenzy and the UK press doesn’t disappoint. HonestReporting has already released a Special Report explaining the context behind Israel’s actions and offering talking points to use in responses to media bias. We strongly recommend reading this report

C4 Goes Inside Hamas

A Channel 4 documentary, “Inside Hamas”, broadcast on 10 February, gained unprecedented access to the inside of the terrorist organisation. Writing in The Spectator, film-maker Mike Chamberlain describes what went on during the filming: There were no spin doctors in sight, as [director] Rodrigo filmed internal meetings of the police and private parliamentary discussions. He accompanied

Tribute to a Terrorist

“For those in anti-colonial movements across the world who learned and trained under him, his name embodies that inextinguishable human demand for justice and freedom. His exhilarating emancipatory model of resistance to injustice, his radical optimism and, above all, his tight political organisation scorched the consciousness of young people across the Arab world, mobilised masses

BBC Doesn’t Deny HR Report Findings

Many of you wrote to the BBC asking for their reaction to our one year analysis that systematically and quantifiably demonstrated a clear bias against Israel in the BBC’s reporting. So did the Jewish Chronicle and Jewish News, who, along with our subscribers, were told by the BBC: HonestReporting has a particular view of the conflict and cannot

Hopeless in Gaza: Hopeless Journalism

Sending a journalist into the cauldron of the Mideast conflict without any background knowledge is a sure way to produce uninformed articles. Sadly, The Times has published a feature by women’s issues writer Stefanie Marsh entitled “Hopeless in Gaza“. Hopeless is an accurate description of Marsh’s attempts to get to grips with her subject material.

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