Posted by: sean | March 5, 2008

A reminder

The conservative blogosphere is full of armchair quarterbacks and Middle East “experts” (see comments) who are fond of telling us about Arab propaganda and accusing the “MSM” of toeing the “terrorist” line. So from time to time, it’s a good idea to drop in on the Israeli side of the beat:

Today’s memo from the Israel Defense Forces censorship office:

1. Real-time reports on the exact locations of rocket hits are strictly prohibited. Reports, on delayed-time, of exact locations must always be approved by the IDF Censor.

2. The IDF Censor will not authorize reports of rocket hits at IDF bases and/or strategic installations.

3. The IDF Censor will not authorize reporting on rockets that fell into the Mediterranean Sea.

4. The IDF Censor will not authorize photographs of rockets with identifying marks.

5. The IDF Censor will not authorize reports regarding visits by senior Israel Government officials and IDF officer in southern Israel.

6. The IDF Censor will not authorize information on exploded terrorist ordinance or any other malfunctioning ordinance.

7. Panoramic, wide-angle, etc. photographs of rocket hits are strictly prohibited.

Please ensure that all staff members are aware of the foregoing.

The foregoing does not obviate the obligation to submit to the IDF Censor – prior to publication – of any news item regarding rocket hits or any other subject that must be approved by the IDF Censor.

When complaining about a militant guerilla organization’s restrictions on reporting, I think it’s only fair to recall that the other side actually has a censorship office.

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Responses

  1. u might want to explain your point for the intellectual challenged eg me..

  2. The point, dear Lirun, is that both sides do their best to manage the press. And so while it can be tough getting access to Hezbollah, the Lebanese state itself doesn’t have an office of censorship. But rarely do any of the western journalists ever mention that what they publish has to go through military censors. So it’s good to be reminded from time to time.


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