Radio New Zealand does it again

June 22, 2016 by Michael Kuttner
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Israel media monitor Honest Reporting has found Radio New Zealand incapable or unwilling to ascertain the veracity of news reports about Israel  emanating from well-known suspect sources.

Honest Reporting's Simon Plosker

Honest Reporting’s Simon Plosker

The latest example of repeating blatantly biased news revolves around a news item issued originally by Al Jazeera in which Israel is accused of shutting off water supplies to the “West Bank” and its Palestinian Arab residents. Picked up by the likes of The Independent (UK), International Business Times and the Times of London this modern-day equivalent of the medieval well poisoning libels against Jews soon went viral.

Despite evidence provided by Israeli authorities demonstrating that the accusations were false, Radio NZ decided to air an interview with a Palestinian Arab “expert” who of course recycled this litany of lies. Once again no interview with any Israeli official was aired to counter the falsehoods broadcast.

As a result of representations by many parties Al Jazeera and the Telegraph at least modified their report somewhat in order to present a more balanced perspective. Radio New Zealand however remains deaf and oblivious to facts and instead prefers to continue the drip feed of erroneous reports concerning the Jewish State.

Yarden Frankel of Honest Reporting Down Under told J-Wire: “The Radio New Zealand interview is false and needs to be removed from their website. This is what happens when you rely on a single biased source without further investigation.” 

A full report by Honest Reporting on this false story in the international media can be seen here:


One Response to “Radio New Zealand does it again”
  1. Rotem Nimko says:

    Over the past few days, organizations involved in the delegitimization campaign against Israel have raised, yet again, serious baseless charges regarding the water issue in the Judea & Samaria.

    NGO Monitor analyzed all the claims raised by the organizations and countered them with facts based on data from the Water Authority and the Oslo Accords. This document can be used by the public, decision makers, journalists, and those active in the campaign against the delegitimization of Israel, to counter these serious charges.

    To read the full report:

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