As a densely populated country on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea, Israel is a country with a lot of history. Per today, the history continues, and conflicts still rules upon the country’s chance to peace. In this blog post, I am going to enlighten about the research on the country’s treatment of the media, and conditions and status of free press.
The Israel media is free to be outspoken, something that is not usual in the Middle East. Despite the independence through media, journalists and photographers are still subjected to something called Military Censorship, to control certain subjects from spreading to the world. The Israel parliament has also begun considering making an amendment that makes recording videos or photos of serving Israel solders that serves the country, illegal with a penalty of 5 to 10 years in prison.1
“Today, Israel is facing tremendous challenges that threaten not only our security but also our democracy, and our national future.” This is quoted from a speech given by Ami Ayalon, who is a former commander in chief of the Israel Navy. He explains that Israel is in need of partners to advance peace and a democratic and safe country. Still, research shows that Israel is the 29th safest country in the world, based on the safest and most dangerous countries ranking.2
The Israel government generally respects the free press in the country, which is also protected by the law. However, because of the conflicts with the Palestinian groups, the country is described as “partly free”, with a lot of unsolved conflicts.