Hanegbi: Censorship laws should be changed

FADC chairman says criticizing censor's decision to remove ban on IAF foray is "making a mountain out of a molehill."

By JPOST.COM STAFF
October 3, 2007 15:27
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Hanegbi: Censorship laws should be changed

tzahi hanegbi 224.88. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

 
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New rules should be enacted regarding military censorship, Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Chairman Tzahi Hanegbi said Wednesday. Speaking on Israel Radio, Hanegbi was referring to the censor's decision, Tuesday, to allow Israeli news publications to omit the phrase "according to foreign media outlets" when discussing the IAF foray into Syria on September 6. However, the censor kept then ban on publishing any details regarding the operation, unless they would be accompanied by a reference to foreign sources. Analysts estimated Tuesday that the decision to partially remove the ban on the matter followed Syrian President Bashar Assad's interview to BBC, where he admitted the Israel Air Force carried out an attack in Syria. Assad claimed, however, that the target struck was an abandoned military building still in the construction stage. Hanegbi said the decision was legitimate and "technical in nature." He said the Israeli media "made a mountain out of a molehill in this case." The citizens of Israel were happy with the government "ambiguity on the subject" because they know its purpose was to calm the atmosphere and avoid warming up region, Hanegbi said. Labor's Ephraim Sneh echoed Hanegbi's comments, saying that the decision was of a technical nature and was criticized in the IDF only because of "interested parties trying to keep the flames high."

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