UK Media Watch prompts update to Guardian report on Israel public broadcasting law

On Sept 4th, Roy Greenslade, the Guardian’s media blogger, published the following article about the new public broadcasting law in Israel.

old headline

The Guardian headline alludes to a provision in the bill which bans the expression of personal opinions on public broadcast news programs. The provision stated that public broadcasts should “avoid one-sidedness, prejudice, expressing personal opinions, giving grades and affixing labels, ignoring facts or selectively emphasizing them not according to their newsworthiness.”

Despite the fact that public service broadcasters in the US and the UK (PBS and the BBC) similarly have explicit prohibitions against bias and political propaganda, and the fact that the Israeli law indeed only applied to publicly funded news programs, Greenslade’s story focused on complaints that the provision was designed to “stifle dissent” in the country.

Nonetheless, a few hours after the Guardian story ran, reports were published in the Israeli media that Benjamin Netanyahu (who also serves as Communications Minister in his government) opposed the provision, and that it would likely be rescinded.

We then tweeted the Guardian journalist to update him on the latest developments.

Greenslade responded positively to our tweet, and published a new report with the updated information on the likely removal of the controversial clause.

Here’s the exchange.


Here’s the headline of Greenslade’s new Guardian report:


new headline

We commend Mr. Greenslade for responding positively to our tweet about the law and updating the story accordingly.


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