Media

Newsweek's Sidney Harman dies at 92

By Jennifer Lipman, April 13, 2011

Sidney Harman, the Jewish businessman who bought Newsweek for a dollar last year, has died at the age of 92.

Mr Harman, the Deputy Secretary of Commerce under Jimmy Carter, was diagnosed with leukemia last month.

He died in Washington following complications from his illness. His wife, former Californian Congresswoman Jane Harman, was with him at the time.

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Claudia Winkleman to present Channel 4 show

By Jennifer Lipman, April 12, 2011

Claudia Winkleman is to present a new showbiz interview programme on Channel 4.

The Strictly Come Dancing presenter, who succeeded Jonathan Ross as host of the BBC's flagship film programme last year, will be joined by celebrity guests in six episodes this summer.

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WikiLeaks 'disgraceful' for antisemite links, says Guardian writer

By Jennifer Lipman, April 11, 2011

A Guardian journalist has rounded on WikiLeaks as "disgraceful" and said Julian Assange and his colleagues should be ashamed of themselves for giving documents to "known antisemite and crook" Israel Shamir.

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Praise as Rupert Murdoch rids Fox of Glenn Beck's 'hate speech'

By Jennifer Lipman, April 7, 2011

A Jewish group has applauded media mogul Rupert Murdoch for removing the "destructive" presenter Glenn Beck from a daily Fox News slot.

It was announced on Wednesday that the right wing pundit would shortly "transition off his daily programme". Mr Beck is to remain involved in other "television projects for air on the Fox News Channel".

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Promise critics: Stop moaning, you have Friday Night Dinner

By Marcus Dysch, April 7, 2011

The chief executive of Channel 4 has dismissed Jewish and Israeli concerns over The Promise and claimed that comedy series Friday Night Dinner was an example of "balance" in the station's programming.

David Abraham said British Jewish life was portrayed "very positively" in the sitcom about a family meeting for a Shabbat-style meal.

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Commentators give a mixed reaction

By Jennifer Lipman, April 7, 2011

Judge Goldstone's mea culpa has met with contrasting reactions.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Just Journalism director Michael Weiss noted that the recantation was akin to Karl Marx declaring that capitalism is "where it's at".

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Charedi media fall foul of the rabbis

By Nathan Jeffay, April 7, 2011

Israeli rabbis have launched a bitter attack against Charedi newspapers and magazines which operate without their approval.

The two main Charedi newspapers in Israel, Hamodia and Yated Ne'eman, which between them sell 45,000 copies daily, are both are overseen by a rabbinical board who keep tight control over what they publish.

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Human Rights Watch: Palestinian media abuses damaging press freedom

By Jennifer Lipman, April 6, 2011

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused the Palestinian Authority of perpetrating "blatant attacks" on free speech in the West Bank and Gaza Strip over the past two years.

The New York-based organisation documented seven cases of abuse of journalists investigating corruption in the West Bank, as well as two instances in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip.

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Hamas condemned for violence, assaults on journalists

By Jennifer Lipman, April 1, 2011

A media watchdog has condemned terrorist group Hamas for incidents of "violence and intimidation against journalists" covering events in the Gaza Strip.

According to the US-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), at least four reporters attempting to cover peaceful protests in the area were "physically assaulted and obstructed" by Hamas security forces on Wednesday.

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Jewish writers up for Orwell prize

By Jennifer Lipman, March 31, 2011

A prestigious journalism prize has become the scene of a battle between some of Britain's most successful Jewish writers.

Among the 15 nominees for the 2011 Orwell Prize, which honours exceptional political reporting, are Financial Times columnist Gideon Rachman, Israeli-born Guardian writer Rachel Shabi and David Cohen of the Evening Standard.

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