A gag order issued by the court is silencing the details of the security affair, not a disqualification by…
Military Censorship is not linked to the affair
Danny Spector, Yediot April 7 2010
A gag order issued by the court is silencing the details of the security affair, not a disqualification by the military censorship.
Following the publication of the article by American journalist Judith Miller yesterday, in which it was written that it was the censorship preventing the publication of the affair, it could be concluded that this referred to the military censorship—but this is not the case.
The “censorship” for the foreign press is a general expression for any ban on publishing information, and does not refer to the military institution responsible for censoring security reports.
Yesterday, Chief Military Censor Col. Sima Vaknin-Gil issued an official statement to the media, in which it was written: “The report about an alleged affair in which the State of Israel’s censorship is involved is illegitimate incitement against a state body that performs its work loyally,” she stated.
“To remove all doubt—the issue in question is under a gag order imposed by the court, and this being the case, the censorship is not involved at the present stage in approving or disqualifying the material, as long as the order is in force.”
It should be noted that the present absurd situation, in which the affair is published abroad but not in Israel, does not happen in issues being handled by the censorship. The military censorship regularly approves the publication of reports as soon as they have been reported in foreign media.