Israel falls 20 places in Press Freedom Index

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February 14, 2013 18:07

 
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Israel fell twenty places in the 2013 World Press Freedom Index due to the "actions of the Israel Defense Forces" in the Palestinian Territories.

The 2013 Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index, released this week, ranked the Jewish state at 112nd on the global list. The fall is attributed to Israeli actions in Palestinian areas, which used to be given a separate ranking in the index under the label of “Israel extraterritorial."

The report cited Operation Pillar of Defense last November as an example of the IDF "deliberately" targeting journalists and buildings housing media affiliated to Hamas.

It also detailed the "commonplace" arbitrary arrest and detention of Palestinian journalists.

The World Press Freedom Index highlighted the freedom of expression amongst Israeli journalists, but cited the power of the military censorship as a "structural problem."

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