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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

Noted and Quoted – January 2020

Britain’s Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis’ public expression of concern at the prospect of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn winning the December 12 UK general elections was big news in Australia.

Media Microscope: Mike drops

Coverage of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s announcement on Israeli civilian settlements on the West Bank was a mix of the good, the bad and the ugly.

Noted and Quoted – December 2019

Academic and researcher Peter Kurti warned that “anti-Semitism is also creeping into our politics” through the political left, which has become “increasingly obsessed with anti-Zionism and the existence of the state of Israel”.

Some questions need to be asked about recent “Q&A” episode

The fact is that Ms Zandberg is on the far left of Israeli politics. She is even less representative of the Israeli mainstream than a member of the Australian Greens would be of the political mainstream in this country.