Journalism

Pro-Israel? Time for a British media Fox hunt

By Douglas Murray, October 19, 2011

A lot has been said in recent weeks about Liam Fox, and very little of it is true. It may well be, as Fox himself has said, that he "blurred the lines". It may be that he made a serious error in not formalising Adam Werritty's role. But he was also the subject of a range of totally unsubstantiated witch-hunts which ended up scalping the best Defence Secretary in a generation.

More..

Guardian cleared of 'jeering Jews' report

By Marcus Dysch, October 6, 2011

The Press Complaints Commission has rejected complaints that a Guardian story about the London riots unfairly singled out Chasidic Jews for allegedly "jeering at police".

In a report published online on August 7, the Guardian described how a double-decker bus had been set alight and local businesses broken into, and noted that teenagers were wandering the streets with stolen goods.

It went o

More..

Al Jazeera journalist convicted of Hamas conspiracy

By Jennifer Lipman, September 28, 2011

A senior Al Jazeera journalist has been convicted of conspiring against Israel with the terrorist group Hamas.

Samir Allawi, the news network's Kabul bureau chief, was arrested last month as he left the West Bank for Jordan.

He admitted being recruited by Hamas in Pakistan 18 years ago and said he had helped direct Hamas activities.

More..

Editor denies payments

By Jessica Elgot, September 22, 2011

London Arab journalist Abdel Bari Atwan has been accused by the Libyan transitional government of receiving monthly payments from the Colonel Gaddafi regime.

Libyan opposition leaders have distributed intelligence documents, claiming a number of Arab journalists received payments from Colonel Gaddafi's administration, allegedly including Mr Atwan.

More..

Innuendo removed from mag

By Marcus Dysch, September 22, 2011

The New Statesman magazine has amended an online article written by a pro-Palestinian activist following complaints that it alluded to a Jewish conspiracy.

Activist Ben White, who has spoken at events organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and War on Want, had written about the London Philharmonic Orchestra's suspension of four players who put their names to a letter, published in the I

More..

Just Journalism forced to close

By Simon Rocker, September 22, 2011

Just Journalism, the organisation founded to encourage more balanced media coverage of Israel, is closing this week because of lack of funds.

Founder Dana Brass said that despite its "extremely modest" budget of £130,000 a year, "it became increasingly difficult to sustain financially the operation in the current economic environment".

She added: "We're extremely proud of all the work we ha

More..

Herald editor says sorry

By Jessica Elgot, September 22, 2011

A scottish newspaper has apologised after a columnist asked readers to imagine, "If Giffnock was Gaza", deliberately choosing Glasgow's most Jewish area.

Tom Shields, who writes for Newsquest-owned Herald Scotland, said he chose the suburbs of Giffnock and Newton Mearns to compare with Gaza and the West Bank because they contain the highest number of supporters of Israel.

More..

Claims Al Quds editor 'paid' by Gaddafi regime

By Jessica Elgot, September 16, 2011

London Arab journalist Abdel Bari Atwan has been accused by the Libyan transnational government of receiving monthly payments from the Colonel Gaddafi regime.

More..

Johann Hari admits he was behind Wikipedia antisemitism slur

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2011

The journalist Johann Hari has admitted being behind a string of fake Wikipedia entries, including one where another commentator was described as "antisemitic".

Mr Hari became the subject of a media storm in June after it emerged that an interview with Haaretz writer Gideon Levy included Mr Levy's exact comments in a piece he had written at an earlier date.

More..

Review: Whatever It Is, I Don't Like It

By Nick Cohen, September 12, 2011

By Howard Jacobson
Bloomsbury, £18.99

Readers who buy Howard Jacobson because the press tells them that he is "the first comic writer to win the Booker" are likely to be confused. Not disappointed - I cannot imagine anyone regretting reading him - but faintly baffled by the labels journalists paste on authors.

More..