The "Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) is a "Middle Eastern non-profit press monitoring organization with headquarters located in "Washington, DC. MEMRI was co-founded in 1998 by "Yigal Carmon, a former colonel in the "Israeli military intelligence and "Meyrav Wurmser, an "Israeli-born, "American "political scientist. MEMRI claims its goal is to bridge the language gap between the Middle East and the West. It publishes and distributes free English language translations of material published in Hebrew, Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Pashto, Turkish, Chinese, Dari and Polish, publishes analyses and reports on its website and offers specialized content for a fee.
MEMRI is one of several organizations that monitor and translate Arab news media. While the organization's translations are regularly quoted by major international newspapers, its work has generated strong criticism. Critics have accused MEMRI of often producing inaccurate translations with undue emphasis and selectivity and disseminating the most extreme views from Arabic and Persian media while ignoring moderate views that are often found in the same media outlets.