At the Oregonian, some lives are more equal than others
PMWATCH - March 14, 2005 -- A three-way collaborative effort between Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights -- http://www.auphr.org -- Palestine Media Watch -- http://www.pmwatch.org -- and If Americans Knew -- http://www.ifamericansknew.org/ -- has produced a new report focusing
on the news coverage of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict by The Oregonian -- http://www.oregonlive.com/news/
The report details findings on The Oregonian's news coverage of the conflict between May 1, 2004, and October 30, 2004.
The Oregonian's coverage was found to display clear double standards when it comes to reporting Palestinian deaths compared to Israeli deaths. The likelihood of a death receiving headline coverage clearly depended on the nationality of the person killed.
Analysis of The Oregonian news articles showed that 100% of all Israeli deaths were reported during the period of this analysis, and in many cases were reported more than once.
By contrast, only 61% of all Palestinian deaths were reported.
Even more disturbing was the coverage of children's deaths, with only 28% of Palestinian children deaths receiving any coverage by the Oregonian, compared with 100% coverage for Israeli children.
According to the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, B'Tselem -- http://www.btselem.org/ -- a total of 54 Israelis and 502 Palestinians were killed in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories during this period. For the full report, please see:
The Newspaper Association of America ranks The Oregonian 20th among the daily papers in the United States, with a daily circulation of 337,707.
Please spare a moment to share your thoughts on these findings with the Oregonian. A quick phone call to the Oregonian, or even a letter, from you expressing your views on these findings will help a great deal in our struggle, one battle at a time, for more humane and more informative coverage of the conflict.
You can share your feedback with The Oregonian via:
* Telephone: (503) 221-8434
* Email: email@example.com
Please do feel free to share with us your letters or a summary of your conversation with the Oregonian by dropping us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to work on a report focusing on new or editorial coverage of the Palestine/Israel, please drop us a line at email@example.com. These reports do make an impact on how newspapers cover the news on Israel/Palestine, and your efforts would be a meaningful contribution to the larger struggle.
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