Why the Internet Weakens the Authority of the Press By Jay Rosen

In the age of mass media, the press was able to define the sphere of legitimate debate with relative ease because the people on the receiving end were atomized — connected ‘up’ to Big Media but not across to each other. But now that authority is eroding. I will try to explain why.

It’s easily the most useful diagram I’ve found for understanding the practice of journalism in the United States, and the hidden politics of that practice. You can draw it by hand right now. Take a sheet of paper and make a big circle in the middle. In the center of that circle draw a smaller one to create a doughnut shape. Label the doughnut hole ‘sphere of consensus.’ Call the middle region ‘sphere of legitimate debate,’ and the outer region ‘sphere of deviance.’
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Richard Kastelein: IFJ Calls for Global Protest Over Media Blockade

12 January 2009

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has called on the journalism world to raise its voice in protest over Israeli government pressure on media trying to cover the Gaza conflict. The Government has imposed a blockade on the world’s media trying to report on the crisis inside Gaza

Iran TV says Israel strikes Gaza office, two hurt

An Iranian state television station said two people were wounded by an Israeli rocket strike on the building housing its office in Gaza on Friday.

‘Israeli rocket strikes Gaza media building, wounding two,’ Press TV said in a breaking news headline, after initially reporting no casualties in the incident.

‘Israeli forces have targeted Press TV and al-Alam television stations in the Gaza Strip,’ the English-language satellite station said. Al-Alam is Iran’s Arab-language television station.

An Israeli military spokesperson said the building had not been targeted, though it may have sustained ‘collateral damage’.

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GazaFriends: TAKE ACTION! to protect civilians in Gaza and human rights and humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian people


Take Action! CALL the Israeli Government and let them know that the mercy ship SPIRIT OF HUMANITY is coming to Gaza. DEMAND that Israel immediately STOP slaughtering civilians in Gaza and STOP using violence to prevent human rights and humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian people.

Mark Regev in the Prime Minister’s office:
+972 2670 5354 or +972 5 0620 3264

Shlomo Dror in the Ministry of Defence:
+972 3697 5339 or +972 50629 8148

Major Liebovitz from the Israeli Navy:
+ 972 5 781 86248
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12 January 2009 14:43:45 GMT



For More Information, Please Contact:
(Cyprus/Gaza) Huwaida Arraf, +972 599 130 426 huwaida.arraf@gmail.com
(Gaza) Ewa Jasiewicz, +972 598 700 497 freelance@mailworks.org
(U.S.) Ramzi Kysia, +1 703 994 5422 rrkysia@yahoo.com

(Cyprus, 11 January 2009) – The Free Gaza Movement ship, “SPIRIT OF HUMANITY,” left Larnaca Port at 3:00 pm, Monday, 12 January, on an emergency mission to besieged Gaza. It is expected to arrive in Gaza at approximately 11am (UST) Tuesday morning. Aboard the ship are 36 passengers and crew, representing 17 different nations. They are doctors, journalists, human rights workers, and five European parliamentarians representing Belgium, Greece, Italy, and Spain (see below for a complete passenger list). The mercy ship also carries desperately needed medical supplies meant for hospitals in the Gaza Strip.
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The Real News Network – Who killed the peace process?


In this second part to The Real News’ interview with Jesse Rissin Rosenfeld, freelance journalist in Israel and the West Bank, the process of peace-talks is discussed. Rosenfeld says that a “simmering intolerance” for the Palestinian Authority has contributed to anger at the Israeli attack on Gaza and may pave the road for a new intifadah. The PA has been engaged in the “peace process” with Israel and its security forces have been aiding the Israeli attempt at stopping Palestinian resistance to the occupation and the attack on Gaza. A resurgence in protests and riots in the West Bank is therefore seen as a revolt against both Israel and the PA. Rosenfeld says this will mean either a defeat for Mahmoud Abbas in the upcoming elections, or a popular revolt, akin to a third Intifadah.


Jesse Rosenfeld is a Canadian freelance journalist who has been based in Ramallah since 2007. A former news editor at the McGill Daily and a founding editor of the Montreal Magazine Siafu, Rosenfeld has written for NOW Magazine, The Montreal Mirror, THIS Magazine and the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.

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DeepDishTV: Heroic Woman blocks Israeli Rifles Aimed at Gaza demonstrators


A Korean camera crew in Gaza documented one of the most heroic actions we have ever seen or heard of. In the spirit of Rachel Corrie, who gave her life to defend a Palestinian home. Unlike the iconic image of the Chinese man standing in front of the tanks come to crush the Tiananmen protests in Beijing, 1989 and images splashed all over the world’s media, you are unlikely to see this video or its images in the U.S. media. It is also a video of some hope. Her courageous action seems, at least, momentarily successful.
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Media Lens: An Eye For An Eyelash: The Gaza Massacre – Part 1

12 January, 2009: MEDIA LENS: Correcting for the distorted vision of the corporate media

On March 24, 1999, an emotional Tony Blair appealed to the House of Commons and to the people of Britain:

“We must act to save thousands of innocent men, women and children from humanitarian catastrophe.”

Blair described the emergency:

“Let me give the House an indication of the scale of what is happening: a quarter of a million Kosovars, more than 10 per cent of the population, are now homeless as a result of repression by Serb forces… Since last summer 2000 people have died.” (Blair: ‘We must act – to save thousands of innocent men, women and children,’ The Guardian, March 23, 1999; www.guardian.co.uk/Kosovo/Story/0,,209876,00.html)

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PCHR: Israel Uses Internationally Prohibited Weapons

Palestinian Centre for Human Rights LTD (non profit)

Ref: 10/2009
Date: 11 January 2009
Time: 12:45 GMT

16th Day of Continuous IOF Attacks cross the Gaza Strip:
53 Palestinians Killed, Including 10 Children and 6 Women;
The Total Number of Victims Mounts to 852, Including 203 Children, 58 Women and 165 Civil Police Officers

As the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) continue their indiscriminate attacks in the Gaza Strip for the 16th consecutive day, the number of Palestinian civilian deaths continues to rise amidst massive destruction of buildings and property. IOF have employed their full-fledged arsenal to bombard Palestinian residential areas. In the past 24 hours, IOF have expanded their ground operation. They have moved forwards towards Palestinian towns, villages and residential areas, causing more civilian deaths and property destruction. IOF have used incinerating bombs in the areas into which they moved. According to residents of these areas, they have never been subjected to shelling by such kind of shells, which are like inflaming objects that explode and disperse shrapnel. They release white smoke that causes suffocation and fainting.
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Dan Alba – Will AP Ever Stop Lying for Israel?

11 January, 2009

In opening a scathing dismantlement of historical myths on Israel-Palestine, world-renowned investigative journalist, John Pilger, recently wrote:

“When the truth is replaced by silence,” the Soviet dissident Yevgeny Yevtushenko said, “the silence is a lie.”

When life-saving — arguably genocide-preventing — information is systematically and deliberately misreported and concealed by the world’s largest news organizations, you can safely consider it, too, an act of lying.

On January 9, The Associated Press released a report titled ”A look at the Islamic militant Hamas group.” Like virtually all AP reports on Israel-Palestine, it is loaded with examples of journalistic malpractice: omission of the most basic and vital facts, use of the most sensationalistic or flatly wrong language, contradictions, and untruths.
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‘Spirit of Humanity’ Leaves for Gaza

12 January, 2009 The Newsletter of the Free Gaza Movement

The ongoing Israeli massacre severely and massively violates international humanitarian law defined by the Geneva Conventions, especially the obligations of an Occupying Power and the requirements of the laws of war. Barak, Olmert, Livni, Ashkenazi & co. are committing war crimes and thus have to be tried in Den Haag. What good are civil laws when some countries decide to prefer the law of the jungle? See an analysis by “The Real News Network” featuring Phyllis Bennis, a Senior Analyst at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington DC: (8:57). According to Maan, 85% of the killed are civilians, see article below. Enough of the double-standard for Arabs and Muslims! Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip have injured thousands of civilians and killed over 800 people, including scores of women and children. – This week’s press photo shows the new Free Gaza Movement boat “Spirit of Humanity” which will leave on Monday, heading for Gaza (download at www.freegaza.org/uploads/media/02_2009.jpg – 1600 x 1200 pixel, 72 dpi). Also in this issue: the official notification that we intend to enter Gaza, 540 Israeli citizens protest against their government, a Free Gaza poster for download, the lyrics of Michael Heart’s new song “We Will not Go Down”, and the quote of the week.

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GazaFriends: ‘The Ceasefire’ – by Ewa Jasiewicz, reporting from Gaza

10-11th January, 2009 By Ewa Jasiewicz, reporting from Beit Hanoun and Jabaliya in the Gaza Strip

Last night was a quiet one in Jabaliya. ‘Only’ six homes bombed into the ground, the Market, again, maybe four lightly injured people – shrapnel to the face injuries – and no martyrs. Beit Hanoun saw a young woman, Nariman Ahmad Abu Owder, just 17, shot dead as she made tea in her family’s kitchen. It was 9pm in the Hay Amel area when witnesses reported ‘thousands’ of bullets shot by tanks onto homes in Azrah Street.

We got a call to go to Tel Al Zater looking for the dead and injured, around 2am. ‘This area is dangerous, very very dangerous’, warned one volunteer rescuer Mohammad al Sharif as our ambulance bumped along sandy, lumpy ground, lighting up piles of burning rubbish, stray cats, political graffiti, and the ubiquitous strung out coloured sack cloth and stripy material in large thin squares, tenting the pavements. What is it? Protection, I am told, so that the surveillance planes won’t see the fighters. Palestinian body armour.
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GazaFriends: In Gaza, Hippocrates is Dead By Vittorio Arrigoni

9 January, 2009 Il Manifesto

In Gaza, a firing squad put Hippocrates up against a wall, aimed and fired. The absurd declarations of an Israeli secret services’ spokesman, according to which the army was given the green light in firing at ambulances because they allegedly carried terrorists, is an illustration of the value that Israel assigns to human life these days – the lives of their enemies, that is. It’s worth revisiting what’s stated in the Hippocratic Oath, which every doctor swears upon before starting to practice the profession.

The following passages are especially worthy of note: “I solemnly pledge myself to consecrate my life to the service of humanity. I will practice my profession with conscience and dignity. The health and life of my patient will be my first consideration. I will cure all patients with the same diligence and commitment. I will not permit considerations of religion, nationality, race, party politics, or social standing to intervene between my duty and my patient.”
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