Reporters fuming over flotilla threatIn an earlier post, I reported that the Government Press Office has threatened reporters who join the flotilla of fools with a ten-year ban from the country. The Foreign Press Association was not particularly pleased about that.
The Foreign Press Association on Sunday urged the government to reverse its threat to punish journalists covering the Gaza flotilla, saying that the move "sends a chilling message to the international media and raises serious questions about Israel's commitment to freedom of the press."Freedom of the Press - like other freedoms - is not absolute. It does not include the right to become part of the story, nor does it include the right to allow oneself to be used as a human shield at no risk.
The statement added, "Journalists covering a legitimate news event should be allowed to do their jobs without threats and intimidation," calling on the government to "reverse its decision immediately."
In my earlier post, I suggested the IDF taking the journalists out in a separate boat. There is nothing to hide. But there is no sense in allowing more civilians to be placed in the line of fire.