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BBC Journalist Kidnapped

Freedom of the press is a vital indicator of a nation’s democratic norms or otherwise.    Compare this with the Palestinian Authority areas where local journalists have been subjected to physical attacks, intimidation and self-censorship to avoid clashing with the government or local militias. Foreign journalists, while a valuable tool for the PA  for their role in the

Fisk: Time for a Retraction

The Lebanese clear Israel of using radioactive weapons – the Indie fails to acknowledge.

Fisk: Time for a Retraction

In October 2006, notoriously anti-Israel journalist Robert Fisk was given the front page of the Independent to spread the libel that Israel had used uranium-based weapons in southern Lebanon during last summer’s war. This was challenged at the time by HonestReporting UK, following a UN investigation clearing Israel of the allegations only a short time later. HR

The Times: A Non-Story With No Context

Wednesday’s Times states in an short news item: Ultra-Orthodox Jews have joined Muslims in a demonstration against Israeli excavations near the al-Aqsa Mosque compound. They carried banners, some written in Arabic, that read: “Jerusalem belongs to the Palestinians” and “Jews are forbidden to insult Islamic religious sites”. Much of the mainstream media has yet to correct the

Guardian’s Hamas Propaganda

In the aftermath of the Mecca Agreement between Hamas and Fatah, designed to end Palestinian infighting, Palestinian representatives have appealed for recognition of a new unity government and the lifting of international sanctions. The Guardian was only too pleased to give Damascus-based Hamas supreme leader Khalid Mish’al op-ed space. Predictably, Mish’al blames Israel and the West for the violence that

Call For Bowen’s Removal

We recently highlighted the continuing bias of the BBC’s Mideast editor Jeremy Bowen. Many of you copied us in on your complaints to the BBC concerning Bowen’s leaked e-mail that called into question his supposed impartiality, and an unbalanced report on BBC Radio 4′s Today programme. Having maintained the pressure on Bowen and the BBC

BBC Under Fire

The BBC’s report on the Eilat suicide bombing reveals the subtle yet insidious attitude of the corporation in its final paragraph: The last suicide attack was at a Tel Aviv restaurant, killing 10 people. Hundreds of Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in that time, mainly in the Gaza Strip. Is the BBC trying to justify

Hamas’ Unreality Check

Has Hamas moderated its views or has the media jumped to conclusions?

Bowen’s World

Times columnist Stephen Pollard, has acquired a leaked e-mail (republished in full below) from BBC Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen to BBC staff. We think Pollard more than adequately sums up Bowen’s slanted analysis and predictions for the year ahead in Israel and the Mideast: It’s all too predictable. The “fragmentation” of Palestinian society has, in Mr Bowen’s

The Indie’s Hari’s Non-Response

It appears that our recent communique taking Johann Hari of the Independent to task has hit a raw nerve. Hari, employing Christian religious symbolism to attack Israel, tastelessly described the Virgin Mary as a “Palestinian refugee in Bethlehem”, and present-day pregnant Palestinian women as “21st century Marys” who “have been giving birth in startlingly similar conditions to

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