Media

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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Muslims speak up for peace

By Jessica Elgot, September 27, 2011

A new, pro-peace Islamic website, which aimed to get one million to sign a manifesto denouncing terrorism, has been repeatedly taken down by cyber attacks.

The website "Peace for Humanity" was launched at Wembley Arena before an audience of 12,000 Muslims last weekend.

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Idea that's dead on the money

By Simon Round, September 27, 2011

You have seen the ads for comparethemarket.com. Now prepare for the latest comparison website – comparethecoffin.com.

This new venture is a Jewish-Muslim partnership between Londoners Steven Mitchell and Akhmal Saleem.

The idea came to 45-year-old Mr Mitchell after he had created a bicycle for children – a business which got him onto the BBC's Dragons' Den.

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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

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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

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Just Journalism media monitor to close

By Simon Rocker, September 19, 2011

Just Journalism, the organisation set up three years ago to monitor media coverage of Israel, is closing down.

A brief statement announcing the closure on its website this afternoon told supporters: "Despite our extremely modest budget it has become increasingly difficult to financially sustain the operation in the current economic environment".

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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.

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I didn't back terrorism

By Larry Derfner, September 8, 2011

In the wake of the outrage over my personal blog post on Palestinian terror that got me fired from the Jerusalem Post, Anglo Jewish readers might not know that besides writing that the occupation "justified" terror - which I later apologised for and sought to clarify - I also wrote the following passages:

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Feel-good broadcasters celebrate landmark

By Jennifer Lipman, September 1, 2011

The presenters have changed and the song requests are different. But 40 years after being established by the Jewish Youth Voluntary Service, Radio Northwick Park is still brightening the days of patients at the Harrow hospital.

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Jerusalem Post writer says Eilat terror 'justified'

By Jennifer Lipman, August 30, 2011

A longtime columnist for the Jerusalem Post has been sacked after he wrote that Palestinian terror was justified and that "the blood of Israeli victims" was ultimately on Israel's hands.

Larry Derfner made the comments on his personal blog and on Facebook in light of the triple terror attack on southern Israel last week, which left eight people dead.

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