An important hearing for all concerned

The UN has held an unprecedented public hearing in Gaza to broadcast live witness accounts from Palestinians who described seeing their relatives killed and injured during Israel‘s January war. One after another, they detailed Israeli rocket strikes and artillery shelling near a mosque, a UN school and on several homes across Gaza during the three-week…

The emperor is very naked

Gideon Levy in Haaretz: You can no longer scare the world with Palestinian terrorism, because – what to do? – there hasn’t been any for a long time, touch wood…Thanks to Obama, we have returned to the fateful, fundamental question: Will the Israeli occupation last another 40 years, or has the world become totally fed…

Resist a clear case of repression

A heartening example of Jewish compassion and humanity: A soldier was sentenced to 30 days in military prison after telling his commanders he would refuse to continue participating in his unit’s operations in the territories. Corporal D., 19, a combat soldier in the Haruv Battalion of the Kfir Brigade, was sentenced not for refusing to…

Journalists take to the Twitterverse

The following article by Sally Jackson appears in today’s Australian newspaper: IT’S Tuesday and I’m at a forum on the topic “Twitter’s Impact on Media and Journalism”, busily taking down the speeches in shorthand. As I do, the business-suited woman sitting on my left is tweeting about me on her laptop. “This is interesting,” she…

The fear of online power

The Blogging Revolution examines the role of online dissent in repressive regimes. The last few weeks have proven the thesis of my book 100-fold; authoritarian states are fighting a losing battle to censor information: Out of fear that history might repeat itself, the authoritarian governments of China, Cuba and Burma have been selectively censoring the…

Statement by a group of Iranian bloggers about the Presidential elections and the subsequent events

1) We, a group of Iranian bloggers, strongly condemn the violent and repressive confrontation of Iranian government against Iranian people’s legitimate and peaceful demonstrations and ask government officials to comply with Article 27 of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Constitution which emphasizes “Public gatherings and marches may be freely held, provided arms are not carried…

Speaking to more Palestinians would be good

The wonderfully balanced British public broadcaster has some problems: A study (pdf) I wrote, published by Arab Media Watch on 10 June 2009, confirms that the BBC’s coverage favours Israel. This comes as no surprise, as its findings echo those of numerous previous studies by AMW, universities and others, including the major, independent impartiality review…