Covering The Media
Israel is in a state of emergency. Every year since its creation its parliament has re-approved the Emergency Regulations Bill, allowing for certain democratic processes to be bypassed, chief among them is freedom of speech, and freedom of the press. According to Israeli law, in order to be registered as a media source a company must agree to allow the military censor to review all materials before publication. In the process, most contentious issues get silenced under the state's regular issuance of gag orders. However, according to many journalists in Israel, the main problem of the press is not official silencing, but self-censorship. The resulting media landscape has laid a fertile ground for bloggers (such as The Leftern Wall, Idan Landau, and Yossi Gurvitz), alternative publications, and media criticism sites. Chief among them, is the photgraphers' collective ActiveStills.
TRNN Middle East correspondents Yousef al-Helou and Lia Tarachansky discuss the ongoing Israeli military operation against Gaza, now dubbed "Operation Protective Edge" - July 9, 2014
TRNN Middle East Correspondent Lia Tarachansky says Palestinian anger towards the Palestinian Authority has reached unprecedented levels, and that the Israeli government is now trying to instigate a third intifada in order to legitimize military actions in the West Bank and Gaza - October 3, 14
While Palestinian citizens make up 20% of Israel's population they are only covered 2% on prime time news. Part of the reason why lies in who reports the news. - March 2, 2014
Israel ranks 112 of 179 countries on Reporters Without Borders' list because of official censors but Israeli journalists say self-censorship main reason - December 13, 2013
As the MV Rachel Corrie ship is dragged to Israel, TRNN investigates Israel's plan for Flotilla attack - Jun 4, 2010.