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Media Microscope: Know Way

The publication of journalist Sophie McNeill’s memoir We Can’t Say We Didn’t Know, focusing on her time as the ABC’s Jerusalem-based Middle East correspondent, saw her in the media spotlight but seldom having to answer challenging questions.

The Ambassador and the ABC

At AIJAC, we have often made the case that at times we find the ABC coverage of Israel falls short of what we would hope to see from our taxpayer-funded broadcaster.

Settlements growth decreases, but not in the eyes of Peace Now,...

If the headline to this blog post looks familiar, it is because it is. A little over a year ago, I blogged about how the Associated Press reported an increase in construction in Israel's West Bank settlements when housing starts had actually dropped.

Noted and Quoted – March 2020

An SBS TV “World News” report on US President Donald Trump’s peace plan included four grossly inaccurate maps showing purported changes in the territory at the heart of the century-old dispute between Israelis and Palestinians

Media Microscope: Ban more than symbolic

The 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz in January, together with reports of increasing displays of Nazi symbols, started a debate over whether Nazi symbols should be banned.

The Bushfire Conspiracy

Australian Arabic-language commentators are spreading conspiracy theories about Australia’s summer bushfire emergency and the coronavirus outbreak.

Al Jazeera shows its true colours in coverage of the Trump...

No one who has followed for any time the Qatari government-controlled media organisation Al Jazeera should be deluded by its boast to offer “incisive analysis” and “stories … built on a foundation of honesty, fairness, balance, independence, and diversity” - yet too many seem inclined to buy the network’s spin about itself.

Noted and Quoted – February 2020

A surprising inclusion in the Age and Sydney Morning Herald (Jan. 2) was the coverage given, as part of the release of Cabinet papers under the 20-year rule, to revelations that former Foreign Minister Alexander Downer in 1998 “feared Australia was seen as ‘overly supportive’ of Israel"

Media Microscope: Hits and misses

Australian media’s focus on the bushfire crisis did not prevent far-reaching coverage of the US drone strike that killed Iranian terror mastermind General Qassem Soleimani

The Hate goes on 

Despite being exposed several times as a platform publishing extremism and antisemitism, Farah News, the Arabic-language Australian website, shows no signs of changing its ways. On the contrary, the disturbing trend of featuring such content has continued in full force

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