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Breaking the Silence: More Rumour and Hearsay

Will the media never learn? In March 2009, Ha’aretz published a story alleging “war crimes” and serious ethical failures on the part of the IDF in Gaza. Predictably, many international media outlets repeated the allegations without bothering to do any rudimentary checks. Subsequently, it was revealed that the soldiers’ testimonies were based on nothing more than rumors

Breaking the Silence: More Rumor & Hearsay

The media rushes to promote another report based on unverifiable allegations from Gaza.

Guardian: The “So-Called Threat from Iran”

As recently as May 2009, HonestReporting critiqued Guardian columnist Jonathan Steele’s justification for Palestinian terror against Israel and his tacit support for foreign leaders who give it their backing. Continuing in the same vein, Steele now writes about US President Obama’s recent Mideast speech, stating that: Short of helping to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict, the

Stifling Freedom: The UK’s “Anti-Zionist Lobby”

London’s Bloomsbury Theatre was scheduled to host the Zionist Federation’s annual Israeli Independence Day celebrations taking place on 28 April. Anti-Israel groups, however, protested at the participation of an IDF entertainment troupe at the event. Despite the IDF troupe being removed from the programme by the ZF, the Bloomsbury received the following e-mail from a fringe

Special Alert: BBC Middle East Editor Guilty of Inaccuracy on Israel

For many years, HonestReporting has criticized the BBC’s veteran reporter and Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen for his anti-Israel bias. Now the BBC itself agrees. As reported by major UK newspapers, including The Guardian, The Times, Daily Telegraph, Independent and Daily Mail as well as by the BBC itself, the BBC Trust, which oversees complaints to the British state broadcaster,

Special Alert: BBC Mideast Editor Guilty of Inaccuracy on Israel

BBC’s Mideast editor rebuked for breaching impartiality and accuracy rules.

“War Crimes” and Shoddy Journalism

Browsing the Israeli press can provide a broader and more informed picture of events in Israel than the narrower and sometimes slanted international media coverage. Indeed, Israel’s press is hardly monolithic with a variety of competing political narratives and a penchant for self-criticism, so much so that many of the most negative stories appearing in the international press are first

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