Media Coverage/Middle East

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Agreement on terms
Luyendijk, Joris
Article
2007
I have come to accept that western journalists cannot accurately, let alone objectively, represent the Middle East and the Arab world. The problem is not that journalists do not always adhere to their...
Aljazeera - English home page
Website
English-language site of the Arabic news network.
America's last taboo
Said, Edward
Article
2002
The unspoken premise of the mainstream press is that no Palestinian or Arab position on Israeli police terror, settler-colonialism, or military occupation is worth hearing from.
Amid Censorship, Israel's Media Does Its Part
Ditz, Jason
Article
2010
Israel's media has once again chosen the low road, the one carefully couched in patriotism and praise for the right-far-right coalition government.
Australia Rejects Israeli-Ordered Media Censorship: A Little Justice for Al Manar TV
Lamb, Franklin
Article
2010
Australia rejects politically motivated censorship attempts.
Chomsky, Pilger and Loach call on BBC to reflect reality of Gaza's occupation
Article
2014
Noam Chomsky, John Pilger and Ken Loach are among 45,000 signatories who have signed an open letter to the BBC calling on its journalists to reflect the reality of Gaza’s occupation while reporting on...
Chomsky.Info
Chomsky, Noam
Website
The Noam Chomsky Web site.
Control Room
Noujaim, Jehane (director)
Film/Video
2004
Shows the coverage of the 2003 Iraqi war from the perspective of Al Jazeera, the Arab world's most popular news outlet.
Covering Israel-Palestine: The BBC's Double Standards: An Exchange With The BBC's Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen
Article
2008
The priorities of the news media mean that the more Palestinians are killed, the less importance their deaths have to news organisations. Conversely, the fewer Israelis killed the more seriousness the...
'Disgustingly Biased' - The Corporate Media On The Gaza Massacre
Article
2014
The bias in failing to report the brutalisation of a trapped, impoverished people under occupation is staggering.
The Egyptian Uprising in the American Media: Obscuring the Obvious
Georgy, Joshua Farouk
Article
2011
It is no wonder that most Americans are hopelessly in the dark. Middle East “news” in the mainstream is constructed so that people remain in a perpetual state of confusion and fear.
An Empire of Lies: Why Our Media Betray Us
Cook, Jonathan
Article
2011
Contrary to its avowed aim, mainstream journalism invariably diminishes the impact of new events when they threaten powerful elites.
"Exterminate all the Brutes": Gaza 2009
Chomsky, Noam
Article
2009
Israel has a straightforward means to defend itself: put an end to its criminal actions in occupied territories, and accept the long-standing international consensus on a two-state settlement that has...
'Flooding the Zone' with Bullshit on Syria
al-Gharbi, Musa; McNeil, St
Article
2013
In recent weeks, the Obama Administration has been embarked on a massive propaganda campaign they call “flooding the zone.” We hope to provide the most direct and systematic refutation of the Administ...
The Flotilla In The Israeli Press
Cohen, Ran Ha
Article
2010
An analysis of Israeli media propaganda in the wake of Israel's attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla.
Gaza and the Press: Dress the Gaza Situation Up All You Like, But the Truth Hurts
Fisk, Robert
Article
2014
The latest bloodbath in Gaza, which is being so graphically covered by journalists that our masters and our media are suffering a new experience: not fear of being called anti-Semitic, but fear of the...
The Gulf Within: Canadian Arabs, Racism, & The Gulf War
Kashmeri, Zuhair
Book
The Gulf Within documents the experiences of Arab and Muslim Canadians during the Gulf War. It's about the subtle and not-so-subtle anger and distrust other Canadians and institutions demonstrated tow...
Ha'aretz: Periodical profile
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Israeli daily newspaper
How Truth Slips Down The Memory Hole
Pilger, John
Article
2007
John Pilger, applies to current events Orwell's description in '1984' of how the Ministry of Truth consigned embarrassing truth to a memory hole. He highlights the killing of a Palestinian cameraman b...
Hypocrisy Reigns: Don't Forsake the Struggle
Blum, William
Article
2010
When Israel labels as "terrorists" the ship passengers who offered some resistance to the Israeli invaders, who points out that the passengers who resisted the 9-11 highjackers on the plane which cras...
The Imaginary Cuban Troops in Syria
Peppe, Matt
Article
2015
Fair-and-balanced Fox News reported on Wednesday that "Cuban military operatives reportedly have been spotted in Syria, where sources believe they are advising President Bashar al-Assad’s soldiers and...
Invisible War Crimes - The Corporate Media On Yemen
Article
2015
Anyone struggling to understand the violent upheaval in Yemen this year might be tempted to consult the country's 'most important source of news' -- the BBC.
Israel/Palestine Lexicon For Mainstream Media
Podur, Justin
Article
2014
If you are writing for mainstream media, you need to learn special uses of words and phrases that are specific to Israel/Palestine. If you use common usage, you will run into confusions, paradoxes, an...
Israel/Palestine: Resources for peace, justice, and human rights
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Website
2006
A selection of resources for those looking for a solution to the situation in Isreal/Palestine based on peace, justice, and human rights.
Israeli Deaths Matter More
Article
2008
The reality is that by devoting disproportionate coverage to Israeli deaths over Palestinian deaths, the BBC's claims to 'impartial' reporting are simply demolished. With great consistency, lives in t...
Israeli journalist Anat Kam under secret house arrest since December
Article
2010
An Israeli journalist has been under secret house arrest since December on charges that she leaked highly sensitive, classified military documents which suggest the Israeli military breached a court o...
Journalism and 'the words of power'
Fisk, Robert
Article
2010
More and more today, we journalists have become prisoners of the language of power.
Justice in the News: A Response to the targetting of media in Gaza
Article
2009
A mission to Gaza found that media were subject to intimidation and direct military assault and deliberately prevented from working freely. The findings confirm evidence of frequent targeting of media...
Leader and Vassal: Bringing Death and Destruction to Muslims
Roberts, Paul Craig
Article
2008
Americans do not think of themselves or of Israel as terrorist states, but the evidence is complete and overwhelming. Thanks to the power of the Israel Lobby, Americans only know the Israeli side of t...
Mainstream Media And The Propaganda Machine
Abubacker, Ershad
Article
2009
Mainstream media, especially the American media plays a vital role in shaping the world public opinion.
Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media
Herman, Edward S.; Chomsky, Noam
Book
1988
Contrary to the usual image of the press and cantankerous, obstinate, and ubiquitious in its search for truth, Herman and Chomsky depict how an underlying elite consensus largely structures all facets...
Media bias on the Middle East
Website
Part of the Palestine: Information with Provenance (PIWP database). Provides documents from all points on the ideological spectrum, both Zionist and anti-Zionist, along with background on everybody wh...
The media consensus on Israel is collapsing
Smith, Jordan Michael
Article
2011
Across the political spectrum, once-taboo criticism is now common.
Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies
Chomsky, Noam
Book
1989
An inquiry into the nature of the media and the role of intellectuals in "a political system where the population cannot be disciplined by force, and thus must be subjected to more subtle forms of ide...
The Newsfakers: Whose hands are behind those dramatic YouTube pictures?
Cockburn, Patrick
Article
2012
YouTube and blogs have made it easier than ever to fabricate events. The media are happy to run unsubstantiated reports and footage.
Operation Cast Lead: News control as a military objective
Article
2009
Control of news in time of war has become a military objective.
The Power of the Israel Lobby: Two knights and a dragon
Avnery, Uri
Article
2007
The Israel Lobby has shifted more and more to the Right. The billionaires who finance the Lobby are the same people who finance the extreme Israeli Right, and most of all the settlers.
Pro-Israel stance reeks of double standards and historical amnesia
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2006
Israel bombs, terrorizes and kills as it pleases, on a daily basis, and the media praise it for its restraint.
Radical Digressions 4
Diemer, Ulli
Website
2006
Radical Digressions 5
Diemer, Ulli
Website
2008
The Real Terror Network: Terrorism in Fact and Propaganda
Herman, Edward S.
Book
1982
Herman sets out to show that the U.S. ignores or sponsors terror by authoritarian states that are allied with U.S. interests.
The Right Kind Of Terror
Cromwell, David; Edwards, David
Article
2012
When is an act of terrorism not terrorism? When the victims are officially sanctioned state enemies.
Russia's Fantasy "Stray Missiles," America's Real Ones
Arbuthnot, Felicity
Article
2015
Even to those who do not watch closely it has to be apparent that Washington's vast disinformation machine is finally out of control, seriously awry, or desperate.
Seven Points Not on the Arab Media Agenda – What Is There to Celebrate?
Baroud, Ramzy
Article
2015
As media experts plan to establish an 'Arab Media Day', Baroud criticizes in seven points the censorship and repression of Arab journalism and media.
Six Ways the Media Has Misreported Syria: How One-Sided Reporting is Facilitating Escalation
Mehrpouya, Afshin
Article
2012
The Western mainstream media’s coverage of the Syrian conflict has been mostly simplistic and black & white with a Hollywoodian good (opposition) and evil (Syrian government) story.
Some Deaths Really Matter: The Disproportionate Coverage of Israeli And Palestinian Killings
Media Lens editor
Article
2014
Israeli deaths matter much more than Palestinian deaths. This has long been a distinguishing feature of Western news media reporting on the Middle East. The recent blanket coverage afforded to the bru...
Some deaths really matter - The disproportionate coverage of Israeli and Palestinian Killings
Article
2014
Documening that the deaths of Israelis is far more heavily weighted than those of Palestinian deaths, garnering more media coverage.
Sources.com: Portal for Journalists and Writers - The directory for reporters, writers, editors and researchers
Website
1977
Sources is an information portal for journalists, freelance writers, news editors, authors, researchers and journalism students -- and a resource for organizations, institutions, businesses, and ind...
Telling It: Women and Language Across Cutures
Telling It Book Collective ( Lee, Sky; Maracle, Lee ; Marlatt, Daphne ; Warland,Betsy)
Book
1990
Telling the Truth: Socialist Register 2006
Panitch, Leo; Keys, Colin (eds.)
Book
2005
A collection of essays that examines the difficulties of illuminating the degenerative and secretive nature of public life.
Turn off the Canadian Media, Please
Podur, Justin
Article
2009
If you want to have the first idea what is happening in Israel/Palestine (or most of the rest of the world), the best thing to do would be to turn the Canadian media off completely.
Weapons of Mass Persuasion: Marketing the War Against Iraq
Rutherford, Paul
Book
2004
Rutherford, an academic and media critic at the University of Toronto, tries to show how the marketing campaign for the war against Iraq was constructed and carried out with the aid of a compliant med...
Whatever Happened to Al Jazeera?: All the News That's Fit to Slant
Baroud, Ramzy
Article
2012
In Al Jazeera’s early days in the mid and late 1990s, the channel took on taboo subjects and proudly challenged the status quo. In recent months, however, Al Jazeera has begun to change course. It h...
When BBC Calls, Don’t Answer..
Falk, Richard
Article
2014
In any event, my advice to the media savvy, is that if you have caller ID, and you can tell that it is BBC calling, don’t bother answering. I hope I have the good sense to follow my own advice should ...
When journalists forget that murder is murder
Fisk, Robert
Article
2001
When Israelis are involved, our moral compass, our ability to report the truth, dries up.
Who Should Bomb Iran First?: The Myth Of Left-Leaning Media Bias
Article
2007
Mainstream media discussions of media balance are limited to a single question: Is the media too critical of powerful interests?
A Wikileak on the US and Al-Jazeera: Blaming and (Killing) the Messenger
Christison, Kathleen
Article
2011
A Wikileaks-released cable from the U.S. embassy in Doha, Qatar, shows that U.S. officials were angry with Al Jazeera in the wake of Israel’s three-week assault on Gaza, because, alone of news network...

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Alternative Information Center
A Palestinian-Israeli organization which disseminates information, research and political analysis on Palestinian and Israeli societies as well as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, while promoting coo...
Chomsky.info
The Noam Chomsky Web site.
Electronic Intifada
Palestinian portal for information about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its depiction in the media. News, commentary, analysis, and reference materials about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict fro...
International Middle East Media Center
Media center developed in collaboration between Palestinian and International journalists to provide English language media coverage of Israel-Palestine.
Mondoweiss
Mondoweiss is a news website devoted to covering American foreign policy in the Middle East, chiefly from a progressive Jewish perspective. It has four principal aims: 1. To publish important develo...
Near East Cultural and Educational Foundation of Canada
NECEF is an academically oriented volunteer organization whose extensive international network of individuals and NGO's with expertise about and concern for the Arab World includes a Canadian speakers...
Palestine Media Watch
PMWATCH was established in October of 2000 to promote fair and accurate coverage of the Israeli occupation of Palestine in the US mainstream media. In broad terms, our mission is two-fold: (1) identif...

Sources Experts & Spokespersons

Electronic Intifada
Palestinian portal for information about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its depiction in the media. News, commentary, analysis and reference materials about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from a Palestinian perspective.
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) is a non-government organization (NGO) based in Gaza City. The Centre is a non-profit company, dedicated to protecting human rights, promoting the rule of law and upholding democratic...

Sources Library

The Dangers of Embedded Journalism
A Distorted View of War
Cockburn, Patrick
2010
IFJ Demands Overhaul of Repressive Media Laws in the Middle East
Sources News Release
2009
Launching its â##Breaking the Chains' annual report into press freedom violations in the Arab World and Iran, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today called for a radical overhaul of ...
IFJ Puts Ethical Journalism on Middle East Media Agenda
Sources News Release
2009
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has launched a programme of work to strengthen ethical and independent journalism in the Middle East with the opening of a regional office in Bahrain.
Iran bars foreign media from reporting on protests
Sources News Release
2009
The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Iranian government's decision to bar foreign journalists from leaving their offices to report, film, or take photographs--a restriction intended to pr...
Iraq: News website latest target in government's legal offensive against independent media
Sources News Release
2009
Reporters Without Borders condemns the Iraqi governmentâ##s continuing legal offensive against independent news media, which for the first time is also targeting Internet media.
Israel sentences two to prison terms for censorship breach
Sources News Release
2009
The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns an Israeli court decision to sentence two television journalists on charges of breaching the military censorship law during the offensive in Gaza in Decem...
Lapdog media learns nothing, beats war drums again
Smith, Patrick L.
2013
Have we forgotten Judith Miller already? Or Colin Powell at the U.N.? Before attacking Syria, let's know the truth.
Launch of Middle East Gender Study Marks International Women's Day
Sources News Release
2010
Women journalists representing 15 journalists# unions of the International Federation of Journalists from across the Arab World and Middle East gathered in Al Manama-Bahrain to mark International Wome...
Middle East & North Africa: Region performs poorly, Israel nose-dives
Sources News Release
2009
For the first time Israel is not at the head of the Middle Eastern countries in the press freedom index. By falling 47 places to 93rd position, it is now behind Kuwait (60th), United Arab Emirates (86...
UN 'Travesty': Resolutions Of Mass Destruction - Part 1
2012
Far from bringing an end to the violence, UN Resolution 1973 unleashed overwhelming Western force in pursuit of regime change, in a war that was fought to the bitter end. To ensure the right outcome, ...
Wizards of Media Oz
Behind the Curtain of Mainstream News
Solomon, Norman; Cohen, Jeff
1997
This book is culled from the recent work of Norman Solomon, author of a syndicated "Media Beat" column and Jeff Cohen, founder of media watch-dog Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting.

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Counterpunch
Periodical profile
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Progressive U.S. website/newsletter.
Double Standards
Website
Focusing on double standards in the media and in international politics. "Double Standard 1. a rule or principle applied more strictly to some people more than others (or oneself)."
Electronic Intifada
Website
Palestinian portal for information about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its depiction in the media. News, commentary, analysis, and reference materials about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict fro...
International Middle East Media Center
Website
Media center developed in collaboration between Palestinian and International journalists to provide English language media coverage of Israel-Palestine.
Palestine Media Watch
Website
PMWATCH was established to promote fair and accurate coverage of the Israeli occupation of Palestine in the US mainstream media. In broad terms, our mission is two-fold: (1) identify, report on, and p...