Journalism

Signs of The Times at JCC

By Jessica Elgot, April 14, 2011

James Harding of The Times has spoken about the pressures of being a Jewish editor when Israel is in the headlines.

Mr Harding was interviewed by former Sunday Express editor Eve Pollard at a JCC event, discussing his career, antisemitism and the media and British reporting of the Middle East.

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Hypocrisy - the writer's spur

By Geoffrey Alderman, March 21, 2011

I never intended to become a journalist. I have never been trained as a journalist. I have no journalistic accreditation and I am not a member of the NUJ.

Had I told my parents that I had ambitions in the journalistic direction they would at best have given me "a good talking to" and might even have called in a shrink.

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Paper-wrapped extremism

By Michael Weiss, March 17, 2011

What does it take for an extremist organisation to be benignly portrayed in the professedly progressive Guardian newspaper? Possibly not very much. It certainly won't hinder you to be Islamist in orientation and antisemitic in content.

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Can the British media understand nuances?

By Yair Lapid, February 18, 2011

Gentlemen (and ladies) of the British press, may I offer you a deal? The offer lasts until the close of this article. (Regular readers of the JC, please bear with me; though you are not the specific readership for this offer, the substance of it concerns us all).

The deal (you know what they say about us Jews, we love deals) goes as follows: you can maintain whatever opinion you hold on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - which, from a strictly statistical perspective, puts me on rather shaky ground since, as British journalists, you are probably pro-Palestinian.

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Not so easily impressed

By Simon Rocker, October 22, 2010

Independent editor Simon Kelner, who launches spin-off title i next week, must still be on a mission to prove himself. When appointed Indy chief in 1998, he rang his mother. Instead of the mazeltovs, she asked about his predecessor Rosie Boycott. "She's gone off to edit the Express," he said. "Now that's a job," she replied.

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Press TV rapped for flotilla show

By Marcus Dysch, August 5, 2010

Iranian-backed Press TV has been censured by Ofcom, the broadcasting standards body, for its coverage of the Gaza flotilla incident.

A show presented by Tony Blair's sister-in-law, Lauren Booth, breached guidelines on impartiality by including comments relating to Israel "committing a massacre of innocent civilians" and "a barbarous attack".

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You didn't understand me, says Geoffrey Alderman

February 11, 2010

It is a reflection of the sensitivity of the Guardian’s Cif team that it has asked for the right of reply to my February 5 column. We are agreed that I was given an ultimatum that if I wrote for CifWatch I could no longer write for Cif. Matt argues that my writing for CifWatch gave it legitimacy. What if it did?

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Why Jerusalem Post sacked columnist Naomi Chazan

February 11, 2010

The Jerusalem Post fired columnist Naomi Chazan after the organisation of which she is president, the New Israel Fund, threatened to sue the paper.

The Post, along with several other Israeli newspapers, published an advert by student organisation Im Tirzu, featuring a caricature of Ms Chazan with horns and the letters “NIF” on her forehead.

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Chazan row not about JPost

By Alex Brummer, February 11, 2010

The ousting of Naomi Chazan, the president of the New Israel Fund, as a columnist for the Jerusalem Post is no normal storm in a media teacup.

The row is much more a symptom of the bitterness which has erupted over the role of Israeli NGOs in framing some of the content of the Goldstone Report than the politics of the Jerusalem Post and its British-born editor-in-chief David Horovitz.

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Media monitor says FT blames Israel

By Simon Rocker, February 4, 2010

The Financial Times believes Israel is largely responsible for the failure to achieve peace with the Palestinians, according to the media analysis group Just Journalism.

The paper regards Israel’s settlement building as the main obstacle.

At the same time, it downplays other factors such as Palestinian terrorism, disunity between Fatah and Hamas and Palestinian failure to recognise Israel as a Jewish status, Just Journalism says, in a report based on examination of 121 editorials about the Middle East in the FT in 2009.

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