The official launch of CAMERA on Campus UK will take place at 7pm on Tuesday the 24th of October at the Centre for Jewish Life in London.
As we enter CAMERA's third year of working with British students, and with an official presence on seven campuses in the UK, we are excited to officially launch CAMERA on Campus UK to fully offer hands-on support to students in their pursuit to promote the truth about Israel on campuses across the UK.
CAMERA Fellows and Associates from Kings College London, SOAS, University of Nottingham and Cambridge University will present on the key issues they experience firsthand as proud Zionist students and the strategies they use to actively connect with other student groups. Aviva Slomich, International Campus Director for CAMERA, will address the core issues with British media coverage of Israel, in addition to the problems faced by students on campus and what CAMERA is doing to address them.
Since 2009, CAMERA staff have worked to promote accurate media coverage of Israel in the UK through BBC Watch and UK Media Watch.
Founded in 1982, CAMERA is a media-monitoring, research, and membership organization devoted to promoting accurate and balanced coverage of Israel and the Middle East. CAMERA fosters rigorous reporting, while educating news consumers about Middle East issues and the role of the media. Because public opinion ultimately shapes public policy, distorted news coverage that misleads the public can be detrimental to sound policymaking. A non-partisan organization, CAMERA takes no position with regard to British or Israeli political issues or with regard to ultimate solutions to the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Increasingly, campuses have been the scene of propagandistic assaults on Israel. Distorted literature, extreme speakers, and false, inflammatory images are all too common, creating harmful misperceptions of Israel. This hostile environment can be intimidating to students seeking fair and objective information on Middle East issues.
CAMERA on Campus gives students access to specialized information useful in countering misinformation. CAMERA also provides one-on-one assistance to students who encounter Middle East distortions in campus publications, flyers, rallies, and classroom teaching.
“The answer to false speech is not censorship but more true speech. The answer to half-truth is full-truth. The only people who should and do fear CAMERA are those who should and do fear the truth. … [T]he First Amendment was not erected to help the media but to help the people.”
– Harvard law professor and civil libertarian Alan Dershowitz