Russian army robs JC’s man at gunpoint

By Candice Krieger, August 22, 2008

A JC correspondent has been robbed at gunpoint by a Russian soldier while reporting the war in Georgia.

Israel correspondent Anshel Pfeffer, 35, was forced to abandon the hire car he shared with three other Israeli journalists at a checkpoint in the city of Gori when troops began firing shots in the air.

Their Georgian driver fled and one of them was forced from the car as they ran for cover. The soldier then drove away the car, complete with cameras, as they sought refuge in nearby woods.


Apology to Qatar PM for ‘Israel visit’ claims

By Marcus Dysch, July 25, 2008

A London-based Arabic newspaper has apologised to Qatar’s Prime Minister for articles falsely alleging that he had secretly visited Israel.

Saudi-owned daily Asharq Al-Awsat published three reports about Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani’s trip to an Arab foreign ministers’ conference in Beirut during the Lebanon conflict in August 2006.

They claimed he had held discussions with Israeli ministers en route to the conference, briefing them on the Arab position.


Shalom to a master of foreign reporting

By Simon Rocker, July 18, 2008

Eric Silver, the former Israel correspondent for the JC and The Guardian, died in Jerusalem on Tuesday night aged 73 after a short illness.

The Leeds-born journalist, whose last JC article appeared four weeks ago, worked for The Guardian for 27 years from 1964 and contributed to the JC from 1987. He also wrote for The Independent, Time and Indian and Canadian publications and was the author of a biography of Menachem Begin and a book on non-Jewish saviours of Jews during the Holocaust.


Israel ‘did not abuse reporter’

July 18, 2008

Israel has denied allegations by a Palestinian journalist that he was abused at a border crossing. Mohammed Omer, 24, said he collapsed during questioning. But Israeli officials insisted he was treated fairly and that his account was full of contradictions.


Siberian editor charged

July 18, 2008

The editor of a Siberian newspaper has been charged with extremism after running a series of antisemitic articles. Alexander Yaremenko had been criticised by officials in the town of Chita over material printed in his paper.


JC kept to the PCC code

July 11, 2008
The Press Complaints Commission (PCC) has rejected a complaint against the JC by a Jewish internet activist. David Appletree was interviewed in a People page item in May celebrating his work “battl[ing] Nazis and Shoah-deniers on Facebook”. Mr Appletree later took offence to the article describing him as “Texas-based” and in his 30s. He said that this information in itself put him at risk. The PCC said there was no breach of its code.


Jane Eisner re-writes history to become the first female editor of the Forward

By Candice Krieger, June 20, 2008

Jane Eisner has just become the first woman editor-in-chief at the Forward, the national American Jewish news weekly based in New York. The paper, founded in 1897, has an august heritage: previous employees included the likes of Isaac Bashevis Singer and Elie Wiesel, before they won their Nobel Prizes.


Lawyer outed as Jew... again

By Simon Round, June 20, 2008

Another exclusive in agenda-setting local rag the Jewish Telegraph. It reports that Nick Freeman — the lawyer known as “Mr Loophole” for his ability to help celebrity clients escape driving convictions — “has spoken publicly about his Jewish background for the first time” to the paper.

Actually, it is the first time he has spoken about his Jewish background this month.

Or did they miss his JC interview in which he talked about being a member of the New Kahal Chassidim shul?


How Fleet Street saw the 60th

May 23, 2008

A new survey of newspaper and radio coverage of Israel’s 60th anniversary of independence has found that The Guardian and The Independent ran the highest number of stories with “negative” comment, while the Daily Telegraph’s comment stories were “half positive and half neutral” towards Israel.

Media-monitoring body Just Journalism analysed 874 editions of 20 publications from January to March this year. It also examined 284 BBC radio broadcasts from the same period.