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Nice Story But Where’s the Context?

A seemingly positive BBC article "forgets" why Iraqi Jews left their former homes.

Balen Report: Court Rules in BBC’s Favour

The long-running efforts to force the BBC to publish the contents of the Balen Report appear to have come to a sorry end in the High Court. A judge has overturned an order that the report should be made public under Freedom of Information laws. In 2004, Malcolm Balen exhaustively examined the BBC’s radio and TV coverage of the

Grandstanding For the Cameras

Does the media report the story or does it play some role in creating it? Writing in the Spectator, Rod Liddle observes a confrontation in Hebron between a Palestinian youth and Israeli soldiers: In the world league-table of atrocities this is small beer – and, for film crews used to operating in tense and dangerous

Daily Mail Features Palestinian Incitement Video

It is not often that the British media takes a critical look at the Palestinian Authority. Continued incitement on Palestinian TV has ensured that an entire generation of Palestinian children have been conditioned to hate, valuing death and “martyrdom”. We applaud Matthew Kalman of the Daily Mail for covering this issue and bringing attention to a horrific video (click on image below

BBC Admits Bias?

Following the kidnapping of the BBC’s Gaza correspondent Alan Johnston, Tom Gross comments: Impartial observers have long recognized that Johnston is particularly anti-Israeli in his reporting. But now the BBC has acknowledged his bias too. The BBC website, in an article about their kidnapped correspondent, includes a quote from BBC diplomatic editor Paul Adams confirming that

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

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

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

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