Knesset members who led to the loosening of the gag order on the Prisoner X case
got some back-up today from what could seem an unlikely source: the Chief Israel
Military Censor Brig.-Gen. Sima Vaknin-Gil.
Speaking at a conference at
Bar-Ilan University’s Faculty of Law, School of Communications and Center for
Law, Vaknin-Gil said “as long as I am in my post, the censor will not work to
shut up Knesset members.”
Vaknin-Gil joined a panel of journalists and
academics discussing issues of military censorship and the Israeli press, with a
focus on the recent case of Prisoner X, which sparked a public discussion about
the role of the military censor in the internet age.
that “censorship and democracy don’t go hand in hand,” but added that “in any
instance where someone is sent secretly by the state for our defense, I will not
weigh the issues of freedom of information.”