TV News LIES

Wednesday, Sep 17th

Last update03:21:59 AM GMT

You are here News Journalism & Media Israel's investigative journalists facing increasing obstacles

Israel's investigative journalists facing increasing obstacles

E-mail Print PDF

Israeli investigative journalism repressed

Investigative journalism is hard enough in a country as small as Israel, and an intensifying onslaught against freedom of the press is endangering it even further.

Conducting a journalistic investigation is like climbing a mountain studded with bear traps. When you finally reach the top, you find the glory all too short-lived. En route you pass lawsuits, embarrassed publishers, boycotts by advertisers. You lose your friends and get threatened with prison. Sometimes you die.

Thus Newsday reporter Bob Greene described the profession back in 1976, and not much has changed since then.

Miki Rosenthal, the Israeli reporter who hosts the Channel 10 investigative journalism show "The Source," says conducting an investigation is like being in a constant battle. "You're up against libel claims, pressure from people with contacts at your network," he says. Why should it be that way? "I didn't volunteer for the commando. I just wanted to be a reporter," he says.

A proper investigation requires extensive effort and a lot of sources, and the subject almost always doesn't want the probe to be published, says Rosenthal, who encountered that sort of thing when investigating the Ofer family business.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


NLRB Orders CNN To Rehire Fired Workers

CNNThe National Labor Relations Board is finding against the CNN cable television network in an 11-year-old...

Who’s Paying the Pro-War Pundits?

Who's paying the war punditsIf you read enough news and watch enough cable television about the threat of the Islamic...

Egyptian Journalists Join Hunger Strike Against Protest Law

egyptian journalistA number of Egyptian journalists on Saturday joined dozens of political activists in a hunger strike...

USA Today lays off 60-plus staffers

USA todayUSA Today laid off at least 60 staffers on Wednesday in an effort to cut back...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!