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July 10, 2014

IFJ condemns attack against Israeli journalists

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has condemned an attack on two Israeli journalists by a group of Palestinian protestors, but has acknowledged the Palestinian journalist who stepped in to help them. According to the National Federation of Israeli Journalists (NFIJ), Gal Berger , from IBA radio, and Elior Levy , from the Yedioth Ahronot newspaper, were harassed and threatened by a group of Palestinian protestors while reporting on clashes in the Shuafat Refugee Camp, near... MORE
May 29, 2014

IFJ deeply concerned by government draft Bill to close Israeli broadcaster

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has joined its Israeli affiliate, the National Federation of Israel Journalists (NFIJ), in expressing its strong concerns about a draft bill being prepared by the Israeli government that will close down the countries only public broadcaster, the Israeli Broadcasting Authority (IBA). In a Initiates file downloadletter sent to each member of the Israeli parliament, the IFJ says it is shocked to hear that the draft bill proposes to sack 1,000 out... MORE
March 27, 2014

Israel urged to reconsider plan to close public broadcaster

Israel’s government should seriously consider the press freedom implications of some aspects of a recommendation to close the nation’s public broadcaster and transform it into a new agency that would be funded through a combination of state funding and advertising, the International Press Institute has said, expressing concern about the prospect of political influence in the radio and television service. Yair Lapid, the Israeli finance minister, and Gilad Erdan, the communications minister,... MORE
March 18, 2014

IFJ calls on Israeli government to revoke plans to cut jobs in public broadcasting

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has joined its Israeli affiliate, the National Federation of Israel Journalists (NFIJ), to call on the Israeli government to revoke its plans to close down the country's only public broadcaster, the Israeli Broadcasting Authority (IBA). According to the NFIJ, the government last week introduced a plan to lay off IBA's 2000 staff, about 900 of whom are journalists, and replace it with a new broadcasting body that will depend entirely on the... MORE
June 27, 2011

Israel openly threatens journalists planning to sail with Gaza flotilla

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has condemned the Israeli government’s attempts to intimidate journalists who plan to travel with a flotilla of ships that will set sail in the next few days in an attempt to break Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip. In a message sent to journalists June 26, Israeli Government Press Office director Oren Helman said media personnel sailing with the flotilla would be deliberately violating Israeli law and could be denied entry to... MORE
April 6, 2011

Israel: New laws threaten discrimination; chill freedom of expression

Two new Israeli laws affecting Israel's Palestinian Arab residents would promote discrimination and stifle free expression, Human Rights Watch said today. One would authorize rural, Jewish-majority communities to reject Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel and other "unsuitable" applicants for residency, and the other would chill expression regarding a key moment in the history of Palestinian citizens, Human Rights Watch said. "These laws threaten Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel and others... MORE
February 12, 2011

Israeli soldier faces jail for passing secrets to reporter

A former Israeli soldier who leaked secret military documents to a journalist suggesting that the army had ignored a court ruling in carrying out targeted assassinations of West Bank militants faces years in prison. Anat Kamm, who was held under secret house arrest for four months before her case was made public, pleaded guilty yesterday to the possession and distribution of classified documents, charges that carry a maximum sentence of 15 years. Prosecutors, who had dropped the more serious... MORE
January 12, 2011

Al-Jazeera reporter asked to remove bra at Netanyahu event

A pregnant reporter with al-Jazeera TV channel was barred from an annual event for foreign journalists addressed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for refusing to remove her bra during security check. Najwan Simri Diab told news portal Ynetnews that she was asked to stand in the queue with colleagues and journalists on her arrival to the event venue. She noticed that the guards had created separate queues for Arabs and other journalists. Simri Diab, who is based in Israel, said she... MORE
July 12, 2010

Good-looking politicians get more media coverage: Study

The better a politician looks, the more his chances of appearing on television, says a new study. Dr Yariv Tsfati, Dana Markowitz Elfassi and Dr Israel Waismel-Manor surveyed the coverage of all members of the 16th Israeli Knesset on Israeli television channels 1, 2 and 10. In parallel they had the appearance of each member of Knesset -based on their official website photos - rated by Dutch students who were not familiar with the personalities. The results showed that the more attractive... MORE
June 1, 2010

Israeli forces detain journalists aboard humanitarian flotilla

Israeli forces arrested 20 journalists aboard the humanitarian flotilla on Monday; three have since been released, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). “We condemn the arrests of these journalists, who were on the boats reporting an unfolding news event,” said CPJ Middle East and North Africa Programme Coordinator Mohamed Abdel Dayem. “Israel must give a full accounting of all the journalists in its custody. We call on the government to release all journalists immediately so... MORE