Media

Lord Grabiner to chair News International standards committee

By Jennifer Lipman, July 18, 2011

Lord Grabiner has been appointed to chair News International's Management and Standards Committee.

The Jewish QC, 66, will oversee the investigations into behaviour at News International companies. The creation of the committee follows the scandal over alleged phone hacking at UK newspapers owned by Rupert Murdoch.

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Leveson to lead hacking inquiry

July 14, 2011

Lord Justice Leveson has been named as the judge in charge of the inquiry into the phone-hacking scandal.

Sir Brian Leveson was best known as a bassrister for leading the case against serial killer Rose West in the 1990s.

He will be able to demand relevant documents in his probe into the tactics of journalists at the News of the World.

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Is this curtains for pro-Israel Murdoch?

By Robin Shepherd, July 14, 2011

The scandal surrounding News International is unfolding so fast that one hesitates to make predictions. At the time of writing, the News of the World had gone, but the other papers in Rupert Murdoch's stable - The Times, the Sunday Times and the Sun - were still very much alive.

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Lord Justice Leveson to lead phonehacking inquiry

By Jennifer Lipman, July 13, 2011

Lord Justice Leveson has been named as the judge in charge of the inquiry into the phonehacking scandal.

The Jewish barrister Sir Brian Leveson, known for leading the case against serial killer Rose West in the 1990s, will be able to demand relevant documents in his probe into the tactics of journalists at the now defunct News of the World newspaper.

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News of the World closure: A boost for Richard Desmond papers?

By Jennifer Lipman, July 8, 2011

The print runs of the Sunday editions of papers owned by media mogul Richard Desmond are expected to be increased this week as the last ever News of the World is published.

It was announced on Thursday that the News of the World would shut following allegations of phone hacking and corruption.

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Ofcom: no second look at The Promise

By Simon Rocker, July 8, 2011

TV watchdog Ofcom has rejected a call to reconsider a complaint into The Promise, Channel 4's controversial drama on Israel.

Stephen Franklin, a member of the Zionist Federation, had accused the programme of being antisemitic, biased and likely to increase attacks on UK Jews.

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Christian Aid Palestinian refugees report ' misleading'

By Jennifer Lipman, July 7, 2011

A report on Palestinian refugees by Christian Aid has been criticised as one-sided and misleading after it referred to a man struggling to work because of settler violence without any evidence to support the claim.

The 24-page Locked Out report claimed to be interested in an "honest and meaningful dialogue about the Palestinian refugee crisis, which engages all stakeholders".

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Chief criticises faith coverage in media

By Simon Rocker, July 7, 2011

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has criticised media coverage of religion, saying that the failure to report interfaith work was leading to negative perceptions among the public.

He told a House of Commons select committee last Thursday: "Up and down the country, religious groups are getting together across the boundaries between faiths."

But he went on: "It is our complete failure ever to get publi

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Simon Kelner out as Independent editor

By Jennifer Lipman, July 1, 2011

Simon Kelner is leaving his position as editor of the Independent.

The Jewish writer has edited the paper for 13 years and oversaw the decision to introduce a cheaper daily edition last year, the ipaper.

Mr Kelner will remain as editor-in-chief of the Independent, but day-to-day responsibility for the paper and its Sunday title will go to Chris Blackhurst, an Evening Standard journalist.

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Hari defends himself over Levy interview storm

By Jennifer Lipman, June 29, 2011

The award-winning Independent journalist Johann Hari has defended himself over criticism for repeating quotes from a Haaretz comment piece. He did so in an interview with the Israeli writer Gideon Levy.

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