The Abramowitz Israeli Prize for Media Criticism

The Abramowitz Israeli prize for Media Criticism – 2004


The Abramowitz Israeli prize for Media Criticism – 2004 will be awarded this year at a festive ceremony on Dec. 19, at the Rebecca Crown Auditorium of the Jerusalem Theatre.  The Guest of Honor will be The Speaker of the Knesset and former Minister of Communications MK Reuven Rivlin.

The prize is awarded for an especially valiant, significant and qualitative contribution to media criticism in Israel. It is awarded for media critic journalism, for providing and forming appropriate forums for media criticism, and for increasing pluralism and reducing monopolism in the Israeli media. The aim of the prize is to encourage the Israeli media to open itself to criticism, whether from the journalists themselves or external sources such as intellectuals, academics and public figures.


The prize awardees this year are the Social Anthropologist Dr. Esther Hertzog and the editor of the op-ed section of the Yedioth Ahronot daily newspaper, Dr. Amos Carmel.

The prize committee, appointed by IMW President, Ambassador Zalman Shoval, was chosen from amongst the members of the presidium of IMW, ensuring that they represent a broad spectrum of political and ideological streams in Israel. The members are:


·        Ambassador Zalman Soval, Chairman

·        Dr. Mor Altshuler

·        The writer Ehud Ben Ezer

·        The poet Erez Biton

·        Prof. Eli Pollak, Chairman of IMW

·        Gen. (res.) Oren Shachor


The prize is generously funded by Mrs. Nira and Mr. Kenneth Abramowitz. Mr. Abramowitz is a Founding general partner of New Global Network [NGN] Capital". 


Dr. Esther Hertzog

Dr. Esther Hertzog is a social activist involved voluntarily over the years in a consistent campaign to prevent insult and injury to the bodies and honor of women in society generally and in particular, in the media.
In 2002, she became a founder of the Anti-Pornography Coalition, that unites such organizations and groups such as WIZO, Na’amat, Israel Women’s Network, Emunah, the Mizrachi Democratic Rainbow, the Movement for New Masculinism and others which acts in the judicial and parliamentary fields to initiate legislation to prohibit the broadcasting of pornographic content in Israel.
The expert opinions – which concentrate on the social damage inflicted by permitting television broadcasts of violent and sexual content – which Dr. Hertzog presents before various forums, such as Knesset committees, seminars and special media discussion days and in newspaper columns as well, are a counter-measure to the attempts by wealthy investors and media barons in Israel to further increase and deepen the intrusion of pornographic networks into Israeli media outlets.
In recognition of her pioneering work to defend the rights of women in the media and her forthright stand against the erosion that has occurred in society in this matter, Dr. Esther Hertzog has been found worthy to receive the Abramowitz Israel Prize for Media Criticism for the year 2004.
Biographical sketch
Esther Hertzog was born in Italy and immigrated to Israel at the age of one and a half years.  She holds a doctorate from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in the field of Social Anthropology.  She serves as the Head of the Social Sciences Department of the Beit Berl College, is a visiting lecturer at Rupin College in social studies and guest lectures at the Teacher’s Seminary at Ludwigsburg, Germany.  She has previously lectured at the Hebrew University’s School of Education and its Department of Social Studies, has directed the Education Department of the Or Akiva municipality and advised the Minister for Labor and Welfare on women’s status concerns.  She also founded S.H.I.N. which acts on behalf of equality in women’s representation.
She publishes a bi-weekly column in the Ma’ariv daily newspaper and has published opinion pieces in Ha’Aretz, Davar, Jerusalem Post, Jerusalem Report, Noga, Afikim, Koli, Makor Rishon and in internet sites such as Kedmah, HaDerech L’Ma’aleh and NFC.
Esther Hertzog has published three books on Ethiopian Immigration and Bureaucracy, Interdependent Relations at Immigrant Centers and on local Israel anthropology, the latter with O. Abuhav, H. Gioldberg and I. Marks.
Dr. Hertzog lives in Michmoret, is married and is the mother of four sons and grandmother of two.
Dr. Amos Carmel
Dr. Amos Carmel is the editor of the op-ed section of the Yedioth Ahronot daily newspaper.  The paper which prides itself with the title the “journal of the state” is the most popular paper in Israel. Especially for this reason it is important that its pages represent the full range of opinions in Israel.
During the two years prior to Dr. Carmel's appointment as op-ed editor we found that for every 10 articles that were written expressing a right - of – center  viewpoint, 17 articles representing a left – of – center viewpoint were published. Amos Carmel, from day one as op-ed editor has been proactive in bringing balance and pluralism to the pages under his editorship. His moral courage and professionalism have created an op-ed section of Yedioth Ahronot which is broader and  where diverse opinions of Israelis are read and heard freely. In fact, we found that during the year two thousand and four , for every 10 articles that were written expressing a right - of – center  viewpoint, less than 13 articles representing a left – of – center viewpoint were published.
In recognition of Carmel's integrity and professionalism, his independent stand and steadfast support of media pluralism and breadth, his efforts to assure that Yedioth would not be a mouth piece of the Israeli left only, he is found worthy to receive the Abramowitz Israel Prize for Media Criticism for the year 2004.
Biographical sketch
 Dr. Amos Carmel was born in Israel.  His army service was divided between “Nahal” units and the paratroopers.  He received the B.Sc. degree in chemistry from the Hebrew University and he also has a masters degree.  He earned his doctorate in biophysics from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot.  Previously, he taught chemistry at the Hebrew University and did research on proteins.  From 1974 onward he became a publicist and wrote for “Davar” and later for “Yedioth Ahronoth”.  In 2001 he was appointed editor of the op-ed page of “Yedioth Ahronoth”.  Amos Carmel has translated and edited tens of monographs in many different fields.  He has also authored several books.  Among the books he wrote is Factopedia, a popular encyclopedia containing 50,000 important facts and Everything Is Political, an Israeli political lexicon in two volumes.  Amos Carmel won the Aharon Katzir prize for popular scientific writing in 1977 and the Tchernichovsky prize for translating excellence in 1999.  Dr. Amos Carmel is married and the father of two girls and a boy. 

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