Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Should Jewish Journalists Criticize Israel?

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Should Jewish Journalists Criticize Israel?

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Over 160 Jewish journalists from 27 different countries travelled to Jerusalem in January to attend the Third International Conference of the Jewish Media, sponsored by the World Zionist Organization's information department. One of the dominant themes of the conference was the question of whether Jewish journalists always should attempt to present Israel in a positive light or whether they should simply seek out the truth and write about it.

In his address to the media conference, Prime Minister Shamir emphasized the importance of freedom of speech, telling the audience that this freedom is protected by law in Israel but is totally absent in the Arab world. But he also stressed the "responsibility" of the Jewish media to "seek ways to strengthen the Jewish people and not weaken it" and to "bind them to Eretz Yisrael, which is the focal point of Jewish life, of Jewish existence and of Jewish future."

Journalists disagreed about the issue of criticizing Israel in print. …

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