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January 07, 2013

Presspectiva Nominated for Israeli Prize for Media Criticism

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Presspectiva, CAMERA's Hebrew Web site, is delighted to announce that it has been nominated to receive Israel Media Watch's 2013 Abramowitz Israeli Prize for Media Criticism. Israeli citizens are invited to vote for Presspectiva by visiting the IMW site. One award is determined by the public vote, and another by a panel of judges. Earlier distinguished recipients include Dvorit Sargel, editor of the popular Israeli Velvet Underground blog (2012); Jerusalem Post reporter Khaled Abu Toameh (2011); and Dr. David Zangen, who challenged Mohammed Bakri's film "Jenin, Jenin," which had falsely accused the Israeli army of war crimes in the Jenin refugee camp during Operation Defensive Shield.

The prize entails a $5000 award.

Presspectiva was launched in May 2010 and since then has applied CAMERA's successful model for promoting accurate media coverage to the Israeli Hebrew-speaking realm. It has prompted numerous corrections in media outlets including Ha'aretz and Yediot Achronot, and won an Israel Press Council hearing against Ynet. Presspectiva's Op-Eds have appeared in the Seventh Eye, a prestigious journalism review in Israel; Yisrael Hayom, and Ha'aretz, and its work has been repeatedly noted by other media critics, including Ben-Dror Yemini of Ma'ariv.

Presspectiva has made the Israeli public aware of , Ha'aretz Lost in Translation, the well-documented phenomenon in which the media outlet's English translators wrongly translate the original, accurate Hebrew text, whitewashing Arab violence and misdeeds, and injecting false charges about Israel that did not appear in the Hebrew original. Thanks to Presspectiva, many of those shoddy translations, including some in which the English meaning is diametrically opposed to the Hebrew, have been corrected in print and online.

Presspectiva was the first Hebrew outfit to expose the many distortions and falsehoods in Gideon Levy's front-page "apartheid poll" story, which falsely charged that a majority of Israelis would support apartheid in the West Bank.

CAMERA commends Presspectiva's many accomplishments, and looks forward to many more in the years to come.

Posted by MMS at January 7, 2013 11:04 AM

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