2009 Journalist Conference in Israel: No News

Issachar, Hedva
Date Written:  2009-12-02
Publisher:  Hagadah Hasmalit - Alternative Information Center
Year Published:  2009
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX11531

The support provided by Israel's primary media to the security and political moves of the government - any government - is not new in Israel. The perception that media is committed to the ethics of the "public's right to know," in numerous cases even against strong currents that demand the silencing and concealment of information, serves more as a title for academic conferences and less as a rule that guides the media establishment in Israel. Not only this, but the journalists' association adopted the official governmental approach in relation to international forums concerned with human rights. This approach places obstacles of suspicion and hostility before anyone who does not follow the official line of Israeli patriotism. Legitimate criticism of unprofessional and unethical conduct of media that volunteers for national or military service is countered with the contention that the source of criticism is anti-Semitic.

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