Media watch policy

AWR provides a media watch and criticizes articles and reports in both the West and the Arab world that are obviously one-sided or provide distorted information of any kind [See our evaluation criteria]. It believes that such one-sided reports tend to contribute to polarization between different cultures and thus should be publicly criticized.

Media watch reports are made if:

1) The AWR editorial board is convinced that a specific report did not provide accurate reporting on a specific issue within the subjects AWR covers. AWR will apply the standards as mentioned in its mission statement regardless in what media that report was published, Western, Arab printed or broadcasted or whether it was a press release.
2) We have been able to obtain sufficient information, preferably as close as possible to the news source, to prepare a special report and sufficient relevant specialists have been consulted, certainly those who are both a specialist on the topic studied and a member of the Board of Advisors. What is sufficient may vary from report to report.
3) If the resources are available to prepare a special report.

Method:

Our purpose is to encourage reporting that provides understanding in the proper context of the issue concerned, not to embarrass writers, editors, media or organizations or other concerned people. The AWR editorial board may thus decide to inform the concerned people first of a critique on a specific article before this is made public. This, however, can be very time consuming and thus is not possible for all critiques, which is related to the limited resources of AWR.
Whenever the concerned organization or people have been informed, they have the right to respond before AWR publishes the critique. Their response and arguments will be considered by the AWR editorial board and will either lead to a revision of the AWR text, or will be placed in AWR. If no response has been received within the period of one week or a longer period specified by AWR, AWR may decide to publish the critique without the response of the concerned author, editor, publication or organization.
Whenever a critique has been published in AWR or its predecessor RNSAW, the critiqued organization or people have the right to respond. That response will be placed in AWR, with or without a comment of the AWR editorial board.
A critique is usually published as a special report in AWR.

Purpose of media critique:

Encourage reporting that provides understanding in the proper context of the issue concerned. A dialogue with concerned authors and media may show why differences in reporting exist, difficulties in accessing information, different interpretations, and sources presenting stories in different ways to different receivers of that information or other reasons. We will not assume bad intention unless no other explanation seems to be possible.