Media

The Observer issues correction over Israel chemical weapons slur

By Sandy Rashty, September 9, 2013

The Observer newspaper has issued a correction over a claim that Israel used chemical weapons against people in Gaza.

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Go f*** yourself, says Israeli diplomacy chief

By Josh Jackman, August 22, 2013

An Israeli government official in charge of promoting the country’s online image has been suspended following offensive posts on his Facebook page.

Daniel Seaman, who was appointed the Prime Minister’s director for interactive media in July, said in a phone call that he currently has “instructions from the Prime Minister’s office not to speak to the press”.

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Israel backers hit by web ‘witch hunt’

By Marcus Dysch, August 22, 2013

Antisemitic abuse aimed at Israel advocates should receive the same level of public scrutiny as high-profile Twitter incidents, experts and victims have said.

The use of email and social media sites to propagate abuse has become so severe that pro-Israel campaigners have feared for their safety and been forced to call police.

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You’re hired, charity tells Apprentice star

By JCReporter, August 22, 2013

Apprentice runner-up Luisa Zissman has joined the executive board of a leading Jewish charity.

The cup-cake company boss will work with Laniado UK to raise money for Laniado Hospital in Netanya, Israel.

Mrs Zissman said she was “excited” to be part of “an incredible charity. I cried while watching a hugely touching video about its work. We will do great things together”.

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Loneliness of defending Israel

By Toby Young, August 11, 2013

A few years ago, I appeared on an ITV news and current affairs programme to discuss, among other things, anti-Israel bias in the British media. I was one of four panellists and, needless to say, the other three pooh-poohed the idea that the coverage of the Arab-Israeli conflict in the mainstream media was less than fair and impartial. If anything, they argued, the bias was the other way.

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Ofcom urged to block Bauer radio deal

By Marcus Dysch, August 9, 2013

Media watchdog Ofcom has been urged to stop a publishing group acquiring broadcast rights for a UK radio station due to its distribution of magazines which glorify the Nazis.

Bruce Fireman, a media banker and lawyer, said Bauer Media Group was not "fit and proper" to run stations under the Absolute Radio umbrella.

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Elisabeth Maxwell dies at 92

By Anna Sheinman, August 8, 2013

Elisabeth Maxwell, the widow of media tycoon Robert Maxwell, has died at the age of 92.

Dr Maxwell, who was not Jewish, devoted her life to Holocaust education and Jewish-Christian relations.

Born in France in 1921, she was educated in law at the Sorbonne and then studied Modern Languages at Oxford, where she went on to do a Doctorate in Philosophy.

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Editor quits as JQ hits 60

By Josh Jackman, August 2, 2013

The search is on for a new editor of the venerable cultural journal, the Jewish Quarterly, after the resignation of Rachel Lasserson, the present holder of the post, who ran the JQ for seven years.

Ms Lasserson stepped down to “seek new challenges”, according to the JQ’s joint chair Mark Goldberg.

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BBC upholds complaint over David Ward report

By Marcus Dysch, July 30, 2013

The BBC Trust has published its findings into a complaint about the BBC News website’s reporting of LIb Dem MP David Ward’s controversial “the Jews” comment.

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Nuance: still small voice of journalism

By Martin Bright, July 25, 2013

When I first started work in the Observer newsroom in 1996, I remember expressing my view in an editorial meeting that a certain story demanded a degree of nuance. I don’t remember the story but I do remember the reaction of a senior colleague, an experienced foreign reporter. “Nuance”, he spat at me. “There are the good guys and the bad guys. We are against the bad guys.

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