Comments on: ‘Prisoner X’: Censorship and gag orders in the age of new media Independent commentary and news from Israel & Palestine Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:25:13 +0000 hourly 1 By: Vadim Thu, 14 Feb 2013 11:24:54 +0000 Hey.

Good review, but I think you got several (small) things wrong.

The gag order is made by a court and the military censorship as well as Knesset members and newspapers are bound by it. The knesset members who brought this issue up did not violate military censorship but a court order – AKA break the law.

“The Prisoner X affair show just how difficult it is to withhold information that is already circulating on the Internet – a better word would probably be “impossible.” It is actually very strange that state officials didn’t understand that sooner”

This is wrong. The state does understand this and a request to lift the gag order was made very promptly after the publication. The thing is – it must pass through a court and we all know how fast they work in Israel.

By: Greg Pollock Thu, 14 Feb 2013 03:19:38 +0000 The hubris involved in attempting to suppress the disscemination of a story from Australia reflects a complete lack of independent oversight: spoiled by the immunity of “security,” one does not even contemplate the absurdity of the act. True oversight, by independent judges who know how to say “no,” sharpens the mind. The courts’ failure to stand apart from the ideology of security harms the constitution of Israel.