IDF censor issues guidelines for media

July 17, 2006 02:33
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Following criticism that media outlets were "aiding and abetting the enemy" through their coverage of the rocket attacks in northern Israel, the IDF Censor released a policy paper on Sunday. Press agencies were asked not to release specific information regarding the location or status of bomb shelters, or the visits of military and political officials to the North. They were also given guidelines how to report missile attacks and strongly urged not to use any "real-time" reporting on the exact location of rocket hits. Media outlets have been increasingly criticized in recent days for divulging information that could be helpful to operators orchestrating the missile attacks in the North. "The media clearly have a job to inform the public, and they must fulfill that position… but today we are facing a specific problem that could endanger lives," said Shai Nachman, a former IDF spokesman and the current head of the United Jewish Communities in Israel. "We don't need to say exactly where rockets are falling. That is feeding information into the hands of those launching the rockets!" Shai explained that artillery could easily be re-aimed at targets using the information provided by media outlets. "The terrorists already know where most of our sensitive targets are, but there is no point in helping them along," he said.

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