Constrained by military censorship

The Israeli media are free to be outspoken— a rarity in the Middle East. Nonetheless, despite the existence of independent media, journalists are subject to “military censorship,” gag orders, and the hostility of members of the government. The Israel Defense Forces often violate the rights of Palestinian and foreign journalists, especially when they are covering demonstrations in the West Bank or Gaza Strip. Under Israel’s system of administrative detention, Palestinian journalists can be held indefinitely without trial, without formal charge, and without notification of a lawyer on the grounds that they are inciting violence, cooperating with terrorist organizations, or otherwise posing a threat to Israel’s security.

in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index



91 in 2017

Global score


31.01 in 2017

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2019
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