The official Israeli government body that accredits journalists has just been honored by the country's PR association for enhancing Israel's image abroad. Anyone who values an independent and free press should be alarmed. The government bureau responsible for accrediting journalists in Israel was honored last month by Israel’s association of public relations professionals for its work promoting government propaganda, known cordially as “hasbara,” or “public diplomacy.” The Government Press Office, which is a division of the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office, was presented the certificate of appreciation at the Israel Public Relations Association’s annual “Roaring Lion” awards ceremony. [tmwinpost] In an announcement…Read More... | 12 Comments
The government sought to revoke Elias Karram's press accreditation after he expressed solidarity with the Palestinian struggle. The decision was reversed following pressure by the Union of Journalists in Israel. By +972 Magazine Staff Two weeks after announcing it would revoke the press credentials of senior Al Jazeera reporter Elias Karram, Israel's Government Press Office said Wednesday that it had decided to freeze the decision. [tmwinpost] At a hearing on his case held Wednesday, Karram, a Palestinian citizen of Israel from Nazareth, told GPO Director Nitzan Chen that despite accusations leveled against him, he does not view himself as part of Palestinian resistance against Israel. Chen then…Read More...
The Government Press Office is trying to rescind Elias Karram's press credentials after he expressed support for the Palestinian cause. It hasn't done the same for uniformed Israeli-soldier reporters. Israel's Government Press Office announced Wednesday that it was revoking press credentials from a senior Al Jazeera reporter in the country. The GPO cited a statement he allegedly made over a year ago as its reason for revoking the credentials of Elias Karram, a Palestinian citizen of Israel from Nazareth. "As a Palestinian journalist in an occupied area or in a conflict zone, media work is an integral part of the resistance…Read More...
Communications Minister Ayoub Kara held a press conference at which he promised to ‘close’ Al Jazeera. He doesn’t exactly have that type of authority, let alone the ability. By Moshe Ronen Israel’s new communications minister, Ayoub Kara, declared this week that he would act to shut down Al Jazeera’s operations in Israel. Speaking at a press conference on Sunday, Kara explained that he is the only minister in the Israeli government whose mother tongue is Arabic, and therefore he is the only one who understands the channel’s Arabic-language broadcasts. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wasted no time praising Kara for working…Read More... | 1 Comment
The Israeli government office responsible for accrediting journalists takes issue with a foreign correspondent sharing +972 Magazine articles on social media, publishing critical stories, refuses to renew his visa. Israel's Government Press Office has refused to renew the media accreditation for Derk Walters, a Dutch journalist who has been reporting from Israel-Palestine since 2014. Walters is the correspondent for NRC Handelsblad, a leading Dutch newspaper. Without accreditation he cannot renew his work visa, which means he must leave the country by July. The GPO has been critical of Walters' reporting, but not because it was inaccurate; instead, they seemed disturbed by the…Read More... | 19 Comments
The government shut down two Arabic-language outlets last week, leaving nearly 30 journalists jobless. The Union of Israeli Journalists: 'Shutting down media outlets is nearly unheard of in democratic regimes.' The Union of Journalists in Israel sent a letter to Prime Minister and Communications Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Thursday, protesting the shutting down of two Arabic-language media outlet last week. [tmwinpost] As reported on the media watchdog site The Seventh Eye, police and Shin Bet agents raided and shut down the newsroom of veteran newspaper, Sawt al-Haq wa Al-Hurriya, as well as the news website PLS48, while confiscating computers and other equipment.…Read More... | 1 Comment
The attempt to forcibly resettle a native minority population justifies international interest. If it continues, international intervention will be justified as well. Members of the foreign press in Israel received an invitation this week for a tour in the south to “explore the topic” of the Bedouin population. The visit is intended to present the plan for the arrangement of Bedouin settlement in the Negev, which, according to the invitation, aims to promote “the economic development for the Negev's Bedouin population [and] to resolve the conflict over land ownership." The tour, which will take place on December 10, is hosted by…Read More... | 55 Comments
Palestinian journalists have published a petition aimed at pressuring Israel to grant them full freedom of movement and access in order to do their jobs, just as it allows Israeli journalists to work freely in Israel and Palestine. We at +972 support their petition and call on all of our Israeli and international colleagues to do the same. By the +972 Magazine and Activestills collectives For more than a decade, Israel has placed serious hurdles in the path of Palestinian journalists, often preventing them from covering the news in their own territory and at times even putting their lives at…Read More... | 12 Comments
It seems that every state agency in Israel is becoming a tool in the effort to further colonize the West Bank and deepen the control over the lives of Palestinians. Soon after the government reached an internal "deal" with the settler movement that would keep the families who settled in a so-called "illegal" outpost on the ground, the Government Press Office - once in charge of handling press cards and other bureaucratic duties - is now engaging in propaganda efforts on behalf of the settlers. A few days ago, the foreign press corps received the following mail, inviting members to an…Read More... | 4 Comments
The connection between Israel and South Africa seems to have deepened today, as both countries moved to limit press freedoms with laws targeting the media. In South Africa, the African National Congress (ANC)-led National Assembly passed a controversial secrecy bill, which aims to protect state secrecy but critics claim limits press freedom. According to the Mail & Guardian, The Bill was meant to replace a piece of apartheid-era legislation that governed the classification of state secrets. [Ronnie] Kasrils [Former South African intelligence minister] sought to create legislation that would protect state secrets but also uphold the constitutional principal of transparent governance. It…Read More... | 6 Comments
Yesterday morning, I wrote a piece questioning the journalistic ethics of some in the Israeli media and, to a larger extent, the entire international press corps over of their rush to adopt the Israeli government claim that Gaza-based terror organization Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) were behind Thursday’s triple terror attack near Eilat. As the terror attack was unfolding, Israeli warplanes were warming up to carry out airstrikes in the Gaza strip without revealing any concrete proof to the public confirming that the culprits of the attack were from Gaza. After a night of bombing, a number of senior operatives in…Read More... | 40 Comments
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