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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...

News Releases

ANHRI releases annual report on freedom of expression in the Arab world in 2011
2012-07-12
Arabic Network for Human Rights Information
ANHRI has released its annual report for 2011, under the title Freedom of Expression in the Arab World.
IFJ Demands Overhaul of Repressive Media Laws in the Middle East
2009-05-02
International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)
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
2009-04-16
International Federation of Journalists
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.
IFJ to Hold Regional Meeting in Morocco over Media Reforms in Arab World and Middle East
2011-04-11
Internatioonal Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is organising in Casablanca, Morocco, from 12 to 14 April a regional meeting to discuss an agenda for media reforms in the Arab World and the Middle E...
Iran bars foreign media from reporting on protests
2009-06-17
Committee to Protect Journalists
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
2009-05-20
Reporters without Borders
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
2009-06-17
Committee to Protect Journalists
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...
Launch of Middle East Gender Study Marks International Women's Day
2010-03-09
International Federation of Journalists
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...
Media involved in several incidents since start of Israeli offensive against Gaza Strip
2008-12-30
Reporters Without Borders is concerned about several incidents affecting the news media since Israel began its air strikes on the Gaza Strip on 27 December, including the bombing of the headquarters o...
Middle East & North Africa: Region performs poorly, Israel nose-dives
2009-10-22
Reporters without Borders
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...
Operation Cast Lead: News control as a military objective
2009-02-17
Reporters without Borders
Control of news in time of war has become a military objective.
Safety and Justice: Protecting Journalists in the Middle East and the Arab World
2012-04-12
Declaration adopted by the regional conference entitled " Safety and Justice: Protecting Journalists in the Middle East and the Arab World" held in Cairo , Egypt from 4 to 5 April.
Sources welcomes Independent Jewish Voices
2010-05-31
Independent Jewish Voices
Sources welcomes a new member: Independent Jewish Voices. ndependent Jewish Voices represents Jews in Canada from diverse backgrounds, occupations and affiliations who have in common a strong commitme...
Sources welcomes the Seriously Free Speech Committee
2010-10-17
Seriously Free Speech Committee
Sources welcomes a new member: the Seriously Free Speech Committee. The SFSC is committed to free expression of views on Israel/Palestine.

Sources Select Resources

Amid Censorship, Israel's Media Does Its Part
Ditz, Jason
Article
2010
AntiWar.com
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.
Another Dangerous Rush to Judgment in Syria
Parry, Robert
Article
2017
Consortium News
The U.S. government and the mainstream media have rushed to judgment again, blaming the Syrian government for a new poison-gas attack and ignoring other possibilities, reports Robert Parry.
Australia Rejects Israeli-Ordered Media Censorship
A Little Justice for Al Manar TV
Lamb, Franklin
Article
2010
CounterPunch
Australia rejects politically motivated censorship attempts.
Chomsky, Pilger and Loach call on BBC to reflect reality of Gaza's occupation
Article
2014
Palestine Solidarity Campaign
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...
Content Magazine - Number 38
December 1973
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Covering Israel-Palestine: The BBC's Double Standards
An Exchange With The BBC's Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen
Article
2008
Medialens
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...
The Dangers of Embedded Journalism
A Distorted View of War
Cockburn, Patrick
Article
2010
CounterPunch
'Disgustingly Biased' - The Corporate Media On The Gaza Massacre
Article
2014
Media Lens
The bias in failing to report the brutalisation of a trapped, impoverished people under occupation is staggering.
Double standards: Do all journalist lives matter?
Mandhai, Shafik
Article
2017
Aljazeera
Little attention is paid to reporters from the Global South who are killed, abused, or left stranded by foreign media.
An Empire of Lies
Why Our Media Betray Us
Cook, Jonathan
Article
2011
CounterPunch
Contrary to its avowed aim, mainstream journalism invariably diminishes the impact of new events when they threaten powerful elites.
'Flooding the Zone' with Bullshit on Syria
al-Gharbi, Musa; McNeil, St
Article
2013
CounterPunch
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
Countercurrents
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
CounterPunch
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...
How Media Bias Fuels Syrian Escalation
Sterling, Rick
Article
2017
Consortium News
The mainstream U.S. media now reports as "flat-fact" the Syrian government's guilt in the April 4, 2017 chemical weapons incident, but the real facts are less clear and some point in the opposite dire...
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
CounterPunch
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...
Ideological Violence and Sociopathic Rage
Malik, Kenan
Article
2017
Pandaemonium
‘How can we distinguish violence driven by ideology from sociopathic rage?
IFJ Demands Overhaul of Repressive Media Laws in the Middle East
Sources News Release
Article
2009
International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)
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
Article
2009
International Federation of Journalists
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.
The Imaginary Cuban Troops in Syria
Peppe, Matt
Article
2015
Dissident Voice
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...
Iran bars foreign media from reporting on protests
Sources News Release
Article
2009
Committee to Protect Journalists
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
Article
2009
Reporters without Borders
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/Palestine Lexicon For Mainstream Media
Podur, Justin
Article
2014
Countercurrents.org
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
Connexions Information Sharing Services
A selection of resources for those looking for a solution to the situation in Isreal/Palestine based on peace, justice, and human rights.
Israel sentences two to prison terms for censorship breach
Sources News Release
Article
2009
Committee to Protect Journalists
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...
Israeli Deaths Matter More
Article
2008
Medialens
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
Guardian
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
Al Jazeera
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
International Federation of Journalists and Federation of Arab Journalists
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...
Lapdog media learns nothing, beats war drums again
Smith, Patrick L.
Article
2013
Salon
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
Article
2010
International Federation of Journalists
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...
Mainstream Media And The Propaganda Machine
Abubacker, Ershad
Article
2009
Countercurrents.org
Mainstream media, especially the American media plays a vital role in shaping the world public opinion.
The media consensus on Israel is collapsing
Smith, Jordan Michael
Article
2011
Salon
Across the political spectrum, once-taboo criticism is now common.
Middle East & North Africa: Region performs poorly, Israel nose-dives
Sources News Release
Article
2009
Reporters without Borders
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...
The Newsfakers
Whose hands are behind those dramatic YouTube pictures?
Cockburn, Patrick
Article
2012
CounterPunch
YouTube and blogs have made it easier than ever to fabricate events. The media are happy to run unsubstantiated reports and footage.
Noam Chomsky: US Is the "Most Dangerous Country in the World"
Falcone, Dan
Article
2017
Truth Out
Nuclear proliferation and climate change are subjects of acute concern in the current moment, driven into an all-out state of emergency by the new Trump administration. In this interview, Noam Chomsk...
Operation Cast Lead: News control as a military objective
Article
2009
Reporters without Borders
Control of news in time of war has become a military objective.
The Right Kind Of Terror
Cromwell, David; Edwards, David
Article
2012
Medialens
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
Dissident Voice
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
CounterPunch
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
CounterPunch
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
Media Lens
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
Media Lens
Documening that the deaths of Israelis is far more heavily weighted than those of Palestinian deaths, garnering more media coverage.
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.
UN 'Travesty': Resolutions Of Mass Destruction - Part 1
Article
2012
Medialens
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, ...
Whatever Happened to Al Jazeera?
All the News That's Fit to Slant
Baroud, Ramzy
Article
2012
CounterPunch
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
Countercurrents.org
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 ...
Who Should Bomb Iran First?
The Myth Of Left-Leaning Media Bias
Article
2007
Medialens
Mainstream media discussions of media balance are limited to a single question: Is the media too critical of powerful interests?

Sources Bookshelf

Content Magazine - Number 38
December 1973
Serial Publication (Periodical)
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...
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...
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...
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 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.
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...
Wizards of Media Oz
Behind the Curtain of Mainstream News
Solomon, Norman; Cohen, Jeff
Book
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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