Journalist Hanegbi: The Media Killed the Social Protests of 2012

The participants of the “Human Rights Sensitive Media” workshop being held for Hebrew Media Journalists at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and in collaboration with Israeli Press Association - Jerusalem, met with Dr. Daniel Schwartz, a lecturer for Political Science at the Hebrew University and Israel Radio Reshet Bet Journalist Moshe Hanegbi.

In his lecture, Dr Schwartz talked about the problematic issue in defining rights, emphasizing that natural rights are granted to man as man.  Therefore it’s prohibited for governments to violate these rights without justification, although these rights are not absolute.

In the second part of the workshop, the participants met the legal commentator of Israel Radio Reshet Bet and lecturer at the Hebrew University Mr. Moshe Hanegbi. Hanegbi gave a lecture under the title “Human Rights and the Modern Media”, where he spoke about the economic threats to journalism originating from within journalism itself. Free expression and the right of the public to know are regularly constrained since media are controlled by tycoons whose primary objective is to maximize profit. This manifested recently in unwritten agreement by all major newspapers to thwart support for the protests, which was an influence in curtailing its impact compared to 2011’s success. The audience chipped in with questions and a discussion ensued about various other restrictions on the media and human rights reporting, from economic restrictions to security arguments, as evinced by the Uri Blau and Anat Kamm prosecutions.

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