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The Independent Admits Robert Fisk Story Was False

The Independent Admits Robert Fisk Story Was False

A Saudi prince wins damages against notoriously anti-Israel journalist Robert Fisk and The Independent for publishing a fraudulent story.

Why Israeli Housing Protests Don’t Parallel the Arab Spring

Question from a  reader in White Plains, NY: The housing protests show that the Arab Spring has reached Israel. It’s a big story. Where’s HonestReporting on this? At face value, certain populist and social media aspects of the protests are parallel to the Arab Spring developments. Organizers are openly saying as much. But that’s where the parallels

The Sound of Music, Mideast Style

The BBC discovers that hip hop helps drive the Arab Spring. After all, Music and revolutions have a long history. With the Beeb on record that music has power to shape people’s views, how about a look at the incitement against Israel aired on Palestinian TV? Here’s but one example flagged by Palestinian Media Watch.

If This is Syria’s Best Fauxtography, Assad is Doomed

Egad. As if Bashar Assad doesn’t have enough P.R. headaches right now. Sana, Syria’s state-run news service, published this bizarre handout fauxtograph of Assad swearing in the new governor of Hama. Sana has a high resolution image (via The Atlantic Wire) you can check out more closely. Washington Post photo editors commented that Assad’s right

4 Hezbollah Figures Indicted for Hariri Assassination

Four Hezbollah figures are accused of assassinating Rafik Hariri as the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon issued its indictments. The Gulf News writes: While the names of the accused were not disclosed by Mirza or any other Lebanese officials, media quoted ‘reliable’ sources in the prosecutor’s office as saying the four are security and military members of

Govt Spokesman Resigns In Protest Against Press Restrictions

You know freedom’s sliding when your country’s top government spokesman resigns to protest new restrictions on the press and free speech. Which is exactly what Jordan’s Information Minister, Taher Adwan, did. “I submitted my resignation today to Prime Minister Maaruf Bakhit in protest at a government decision” to debate new press and publication laws in

Assad’s Small Media Victory at the Times of London

I don’t understand how the Times of London chose a photo of a Palestinain funeral to illustrate an update about Syrian rebels reportedly killing 120 policemen. This AP photo has nothing to do with the story. Which is exactly what Bashar Assad’s counting on. You won’t find any reporters or photographers in ?Jisr al-Shughur, Hama,

Naksa Day: Plotted Paydirt, Not Popular Protest, Part 2

Bashar Assad wasn’t the only person paying protesters lately. A Lebanese man who rushed the border in last month’s Naqba Day incident told The Guardian: One demonstrator who was wounded that day told the Guardian the Lebanese militia Hezbollah had given him $50 to turn up at the border and $900 to have his gunshot

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