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IDF MILITARY CENSOR BANNED NEARLY 300 ARTICLES LAST YEAR

Thursday 12/July/2018 - 10:46 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmed Moamar


The Israeli military censor banned the publication of 271 articles in 2017 and partially or fully redacted another 2،087 news stories that had been submitted for review، as the Jerusalem Post said.
There were a total of 11،035 news articles submitted for review، a decrease from the previous year، in which 13،396 articles were reviewed by the Military Censor and 2،190 were partially redacted. A total of 247 articles were fully banned for publication in 2016.
The figures were released by the Military Censor following a freedom of information request jointly filed by the Movement for Freedom of Information and the +972 Magazine.
In addition to the news articles، out of 83 books submitted to the military censor، 53 were partially redacted or edited، and only 31 were approved without any changes. The numbers marked an decrease from 2016، when out of 77 books submitted، 36 of them were redacted or completely banned from being published.
The censor derives its authority from laws passed before the state was even established، set by the British Mandate، in which any journalist working in Israeli newspapers and other media outlets must submit articles and all other items related to Israel’s security and foreign relations to the IDF Censor before they are published. More recently، this has included social media postings by journalists.
“The number of stories submitted and handled by the censor is considerably affected by the number of security related events in a given year، as well as the media landscape،” the Military Censor said in a statement.
“The Supreme Court ruled that the censor would prohibit publication only if، in his opinion، there is a near certainty that the publication would cause substantial harm to the security of the state and that is the grounds for the disqualification by which the censor operates،” the statement continued، adding that “intervention in publications is minimal in relation to the security discourse conducted in various media outlets.”

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