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21 Apr, 2014

The New York Times wrestles with Israel’s gag orders – Haaretz

The New York Times newspaper acknowledged late last week that it complies with court-ordered gag orders when reporting from Israel.

The acknowledgement followed the publication of a report on the lifting of a gag order dealing with the arrest of Majd Kayyal, an Israeli Palestinian journalist, who was held incommunicado for a week after an unauthorized visit to Lebanon.

In reporting the case, the newspaper stated that “a court-imposed gag order on the case was lifted on Thursday,” without specifying that it, too, had complied with the order.

That drew criticism from several media critics, because Kayyal’s arrest had been mentioned publicly by a journalist at a U.S. State Department briefing and featured prominently over several days on the pro-Palestinian Electronic Intifada website.

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