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Noted and Quoted - October 2017

Noted and Quoted - October 2017 Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia    

Visiting Beirut-based British correspondent Robert Fisk was typically opinionated and ill-informed on Melbourne ABC Radio 774 "Conversation Hour" (Sept. 4). According to Fisk, "when I go to Israel... I have the habit as most Westerners do who want to believe that Israel is a good state, of going to

Media Microscope: Split Decision

Media Microscope: Split Decision Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

Whether it was genuine or a publicity stunt, Hamas' announcement that it is willing to talk about a unity government with its secular Fatah rival and even hold elections certainly was a rare example of Palestinian internal politics that made the mainstream media sit up and pay attention.

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Noted and Quoted - September 2017

Noted and Quoted - September 2017 Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia    

Narendra Modi's historic first time visit to Israel in July by an Indian Prime Minister was not unnoticed in Australia. On ABC Radio National "Between the Lines" (Aug. 3), American Enterprise Institute fellow Sadanand Dhume explained the import of Modi's visit, saying, "This is really a revolution

Media Microscope: Over the Balcony

Media Microscope: Over the Balcony Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

Former Australian Middle East correspondent John Lyons' often one-dimensional and factually-challenged memoir, Balcony over Jerusalem, detailing his six-year stint in Israel, generated considerable TV and print coverage. Media interest homed in on the book's wild accusations that Australian Jews, i

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In Israel, as anywhere, objectivity, balance, multiple voices are critical to credible journalism

In Israel, as anywhere, objectivity, balance, multiple voices are critical to credible journalism Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia, Op-eds     Author: Mark Leibler

Former Middle East correspondent for The Australian John Lyons is right that objectivity doesn't come easy when reporting from Israel (Media, 31/7). His explanation for the claim, however, is not that information is harder to obtain in a conflict zone or that agendas are often opaque, but that Lyon

Biblio File: Immoral Equivalence

Biblio File: Immoral Equivalence Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians     Author: Daniella Greenbaum

Kingdom of Olives and Ash, a new collection of essays edited by Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, features 26 different writers - all of whom visited Israel on delegations organised by Breaking the Silence. The book is a latticework of propaganda, pieced together by distortions and half-truths. The

Noted and Quoted - July 2017

Noted and Quoted - July 2017 Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia    

In the Hobart Mercury (June 5), anti-Israel pundit Greg Barns called Hamas comparatively "a cuddly kitten" and questioned why it is a "criminal offence in Australia" to support it, yet "it is not a criminal offence for the Australian Government to sell arms to Saudi Arabia, which is the most prolifi

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