Media

MP Goldsmith's anger at 'grotesque' Mail quote

By Jessica Elgot, December 22, 2011

MP Zac Goldsmith has spoken of his anger after the Daily Mail quoted his late father as saying Holocaust victims “lacked initiative.”

The Mail's Ephraim Hardcastle column claimed Referendum Party leader and businessman, Sir James Goldsmith said concentration camp victims “lacked the initiative to get out.”

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Christopher Hitchens dies at age 62

By Jennifer Lipman, December 16, 2011

Christopher Hitchens has died at the age of 62 after a long battle with cancer.

The writer and commentator, who was a sworn atheist, was told that he was of Jewish descent when he was 38. His maternal grandmother had been Jewish and came from Kempen, now Kempno, in Upper Silesia, a discovery that Mr Hitchens described as thrilling.

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Tory MP Goldsmith in Auschwitz gaffe

By Jennifer Lipman, December 5, 2011

A Conservative MP has likened the tabloid media to a Nazi concentration camp.

Zac Goldsmith, who represents the Richmond Park constituency, made the remark in front of a parliamentary inquiry into privacy and injunctions standards.

Mr Goldsmith said that a business that could only stay afloat "by engaging in immoral or unethical behaviour" was no sustainable.

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Press TV fined by Ofcom for interview with prisoner

By Jennifer Lipman, December 1, 2011

The broadcasting standards watchdog has fined the Tehran-backed channel, Press TV, £100,000 for multiple breaches of its code.

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Tweeting congressman Weiner on US Jews top 50 list

By Jennifer Lipman, November 4, 2011

A Jewish-American newspaper has named a congressman who lost his seat following an online sex scandal as one of the 50 people who have made the most impact in US Jewish news this year.

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Cherie's guru Caplin wins libel payout

By Jennifer Lipman, November 1, 2011

Cherie Blair's former lifestyle guru has won a sizeable payout in her libel case against the Daily Mail.

Carole Caplin launched legal action against Associated Newspapers following the publication of an article that suggested she would spill the beans on the Blairs' bedroom secrets .

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A worrying choice of words

By David Aaronovitch, October 28, 2011

Last week as he was thinking about his column on Gilad Shalit for The Times, I said to Danny Finkelstein (we were having an Elders cabal over by the book-case), that someone, somewhere was bound to say: "A thousand Palestinians for one Jew! Just shows that they believe a Jewish life is more valuable than an Arab one."

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Moving times for Manchester BBC Jewish radio show

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 27, 2011

The BBC’s Manchester Jewish radio show celebrated 22 years on the air this week by broadcasting from its new studio at MediaCity in Salford.

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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

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Why West can expect less hostile Al Jazeera

By John R Bradley, September 27, 2011

Al Jazeera, the hugely influential, Qatar-based, Arabic-language satellite news channel, has replaced its high-profile news director, Wadah Khanfar, on the back of WikiLeaks revelations that he toned down the station's Iraq coverage in 2004 and 2005 in direct response to criticism from American officials.

Copies of critical reports of the station's coverage, drawn up by the US Defence Intellige

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