Israel's Media Watch works to ensure fairness, transparency and upholding the codes of ethics in the Israeli media.

About

Israel's Media Watch (IMW) was established in 1995 as a leading non-governmental media related organization.IMW works for the benefit of the general public and informs it the extent that  the various media outlets comply with media ethics, fairness and pluralism.

IMW tracks the Israeli media, conducts studies relating to the media, reports and publishes its findings.

IMW deals on a daily basis with complaints from the public about ethics violations or media bias, releases them to the public, and settles them with the media outlets. IMW encourages the public to be a full partner and to take part in the Israeli media experience.

IMW works to promote the proper use of the Hebrew language in the media.

IMW's Values

• Strengthen democracy by providing reliable information to the public about the media and the degree of compliance with the code of ethics, transparency and fairness.

• Create a systematic review and tracking of the media, and expose political, cultural and gender related media bias.

• Encourage the public's involvement in media ethics issues and assure enforcement of the media regulations by the oversight bodies responsible for them.

Vision

IMW believes that the media should play an essential role in upholding the democratic values of Israel as a Jewish State. It provides check and balances to all three branches of government, but needs the public to provide the necessary checks and balances to assure proper functioning of the media itself.  IMW believes that a fair and Zionist oriented media, sensitive to the special needs of Israeli society is essential for Israel.

Leadership

Professor Eli Pollak – Chairman

Professor Pollak is one of the founders of Israel's Media Watch and has served as its chairman since 1995.
A former chairman of Professors for a Strong Israel, Professor Pollak has been a faculty member of the Weizmann Institute of Science since 1979, and has published over 250 articles on chemical physics. He has been active in media related issues for more than 20 years, and has been interviewed extensively in electronic media outlets on media and journalism issues. In addition, he is professionally active in many hearings of parliamentary committees and  legal proceedings before the Supreme Court. Professor Pollak was a member of numerous  advisory and media management bodies. He  is a regular columnist for the Jerusalem Post, as well as a contributor  to the Israel Hayom and Makor Rishon newspapers. He holds BSc, MSc and PhD degrees from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Yisrael Medad – Vice Chairman

Mr. Medad is IMW’s vice chairman and served as its first Executive Director between 1995-2000.  He was a member of the Central Elections Committee in 1984 and 1988.

In 1992, Mr. Medad was adviser to Science Minister Yuval Ne’eman and to Deputy Minister Geula Cohen, as well as parliamentary aide to three MKs. He was also a lecturer and head of the Jerusalem branch of the National Leadership Academy, and worked at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center Public Relations Department. Mr. Medad appears as a regular columnist on media issues in the Jerusalem Post, and previously wrote for the B'Sheva newspaper. He has published many opinion articles in the Israeli and international press on political issues, and has been interviewed on prominent TV programs for CBS, the BBC, CNN and other international outlets.

Since 2000, Mr. Medad has served as Director of Information Resources at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center. He holds an MA in Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is a graduate of Yeshiva University in New York.

 

Past presidents

Minister Dr. Yuval Steinitz
Former Ambassador Mr. Zalman Shoval
Former Minister Dr. Uzi Landau
The late Adv. Dr. Meir Rosenne

Presidium

Prof. Yisrael (Robert) Aumann
Dr. Mor Altshuler
Mr. Erez Bitton
Adv. Dr. Jacob Weinroth
Mrs. Geula Cohen
Mr. Eyal Meged
Prof. Gabriel Moked
Prof. Ami Ma'ayani
Adv. Abraham (Abe) Ne’eman
Mr. Jonathan Rosenblum
General (res.) Oren Shachor
Former Minister Mr. Nathan Sharansky

Members of the Board

Dr. Mor Altshuler
Mr. Moshe Alafi

Ms. Nili Ben-Gigi
Mr. Yosi Birnbaum
Ms. Shosh Edasis

Mr. Mati David

Dr. Moshe Goldberg

Ms. Yevgenia Kravchik
Mr. Amnon Lichtenstein
Mrs. Daphne Netanyahu
Mr. Rami Sadan

Comptrollers

Adv. David Hagoel
Adv. Zvi Rotenberg

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