Media

Guardian website 'preoccupied with Israel'

By Jennifer Lipman, January 4, 2011

Israel was the sixth most written about country by the Guardian website in 2010, coming in front of Pakistan, Iran and Zimbabwe.

The Jewish state featured in 1008 stories during the year; more than double the combined total of mentions for its Middle Eastern neighbours Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt.

Jordan appeared 39 and Syria 85 times, while there were 126 reports about Lebanon and 219 about Egypt.

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Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg named Time Magazine Person of the Year

By Jennifer Lipman, December 15, 2010

The Jewish computer-genius who founded Facebook from his college bedroom has been named as the Time Magazine Person of the Year.

Mark Zuckerberg, 26, joins other Jewish winners of the prestigious award, including US politician Henry Kissinger and Ben Bernanke, chairman of the US Federal Reserve. However, in 83 years of naming a Person of the Year, Time has also chosen Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler.

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Helen Thomas: anger over Zionist conspiracy claims

By Jennifer Lipman, December 6, 2010

The former White House journalist who called for all Jews to "get the hell out of Palestine" has caused further controversy by claiming that "Zionists" control US foreign policy.

Helen Thomas, who lost her job with Hearst Newspapers after she caught on film making the denigrating comments, told an audience in Detroit that America is “owned by propagandists against the Arabs.”

The 90-year-old, who enjoyed a decades-long career at the forefront of US political journalism until the scandal last June, was speaking during a seminar on anti-Arab bias.

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Actor labelled Nazi may sue Independent

By Robyn Rosen, November 25, 2010

An actor is threatening to sue the Independent after it used a photograph of him on its front page describing him as a Nazi murderer “wanted for the deaths of 430,000 Jews”, according to a Croatian newspaper.

Tuesday’s Independent splashed with the story of Samuel Kunz, the 89-year-old Nazi who died before he could be brought to trial for the alleged murder of thousands of Jews.

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Galloway, Corbyn rapped by Ofcom for Press TV Israel programme

By Jennifer Lipman, November 22, 2010

Ofcom has ruled that George Galloway repeatedly breached broadcasting standards on impartiality during a series of Press TV programmes on which he described Israel as “a terrorist gangster state” and a “miscreant, law breaking rogue, war launching, occupying state.”

The media watchdog also found that Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn did not show due impartiality when he appeared on the Iranian-backed channel as a guest on Mr Galloway’s weekly Comment show.

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Vanessa Feltz frontrunner for BBC Radio 2 morning show

By Jennifer Lipman, November 16, 2010

Vanessa Feltz is expected to take over as presenter of BBC Radio Two’s early morning radio show.

The outspoken Jewish broadcaster, who currently presents BBC Radio London’s morning phone-in programme, has been described as the frontrunner for the position.

The slot, which runs between 5am and 6.30, is followed by Chris Evans’ breakfast show.

Radio 2 is looking for a replacement for Sarah Kennedy, who left the BBC in September amid allegations she had a drink problem.

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Man jailed for racist YouTube videos

By Marcus Dysch, November 15, 2010

A man has been jailed for 15 months for posting racist video clips on YouTube.

Gareth Hemingway admitted five offences under the Public Order Act at Leeds Crown Court on Monday.

The court heard he had posted five videos featuring racist imagery and when he was arrested at his home in Sussex, police found a collection of Nazi memorabilia including a flag bearing the symbol of the SS.

The clips posted online called for a “racial holy war”, described acts of violence and made references to far right groups including Combat 18 and POWER (Patriots of White European Resistance).

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Islam Channel to appeal Ofcom Hamas bias ruling

By Robyn Rosen, November 15, 2010

The Islam Channel will appeal against an Ofcom ruling that found it has an anti-Israel, pro-Hamas bias.

The broadcasting regulator made the ruling last week following a report on the channel’s output by the Quilliam Foundation, a London-based counter terrorism think tank.

Ofcom criticised the channel’s coverage of international affairs and of the Middle East conflict for breaching rules on impartiality.

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YouTube invite brings in 80,000 barmitzvah guests

By Katie Taylor, November 5, 2010

A barmitzvah invitation which assumed a life of its own on the Internet has gone to more than 80,000 people — and the numbers are still rising.

Michael and Jacqui Goodman, formerly of Edgware, north London, decided to send out a different kind of invitation to the barmitzvah of their son, Eyal.

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Ofcom rejects complaint againt Channel Four investigation into Islamic group

By Simon Rocker, October 25, 2010

The television watchdog Ofcom has rejected complaints against an investigation into an Islamic group broadcast by Channel Four’s Dispatches earlier this year.

The programme, presented by journalist Andrew Gilligan, looked at the Islamic Forum for Europe which it described as a “fundamentalist” group that had “secretly infiltrated” the Labour party and was “exerting influence” over Tower Hamlets Council in East London.

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