Monday, December 17, 2012

Gideon Levy of Haaretz Wins HonestReporting's Dishonest Reporter of the Year

Press Release - HonestReporting

For Immediate Release
Dec. 17, 2012
Contact: Simon Plosker,
or call +972 54 5802030

HonestReporting has named Gideon Levy of Haaretz as the 2012 Dishonest Reporter of the Year for misrepresenting an Israeli opinion poll to conclude that the Israeli public supports apartheid.

Levy's victory marks the first time the winner has been a member of the Israeli press rather than part of the international media covering Israel. However, Levy's dishonest reporting reached well beyond Israel's borders, making headlines across the world.  

"Gideon Levy is entitled to his opinion, and his columns and international lectures have long promoted a hostile vision of Israel that aligns with those who promote boycotts and sanctions against Israel," said HonestReporting CEO Joe Hyams.

"But when he does the same in the news sections of his newspapers, that's well beyond the line of journalistic integrity," Hyams added. "Thanks to its English edition and its website, Haaretz has emerged as one of the most influential newspapers covering Israel. So much of the negative coverage of Israel appearing around the world starts out in Haaretz," he said.

Other winners this year include Bob Simon of 60 Minutes for skewing the issue of Christian flight from the Palestinian territories; Reuters columnist and editor Anthony De Rosa for his ignorant tweet about the fighting in Gaza; and Irish broadcaster Vincent Browne for failing to recognize that calling Israel a cancer does not qualify as legitimate criticism.   

Read the entire report here: 2012 Dishonest Reporting Awards

With over 170,000 subscribers worldwide, HonestReporting is the world’s largest media watchdog organization dedicated to ensuring that Israel is represented fairly and accurately in the media. HR monitors the media, exposes cases of bias, promotes balance, and effects change through education and action.

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