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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Reporters fuming over flotilla threat

In 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."

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."
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.

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.

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At 12:30 AM, Blogger Eema to 3 said...

Is "Freedom of the Press" enshrined in Israeli law the way it is in the United States?

Americans forget our freedoms guaranteed under the Bill of Rights only extend to citizens and legal residents while in the US.

At 12:37 AM, Blogger Findalis said...

Considering that they are not members of the press, but are propaganda writers. Freedom of the Press doesn't apply!

At 12:56 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

The press has the freedom to report what it wants.

But its not absolute. When it chooses to side with Israel's enemies, it should be sanctioned.

No country in the world allows the press to wage warfare by other means against it and Israel should be no different.

Israel should never apologize for defending itself and the lives of its own people.

At 10:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

israel has backed down on the threat

btw...how many reporters have ever been embedded with taliban forces?


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