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How The New York Times Handles Israeli Censorship

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Jodi Rudoren, Jerusalem bureau chief for The New York Times, on the appearance of a military censor disclaimer in one of her recent stories:

Any censorship is a huge compromise. In these cases, though, the actual cost to readers’ understanding was limited.

The short of it: The Times withheld the relationship of Second Lt. Hadar Goldin, initially thought kidnapped, to defense minister Moshe Ya’alon. This sounds less like censorship and more like an abundance of caution for the safety of a prisoner of war.1

But it is still censorship. Good on Rudoren for being transparent about the process.

  1. One day after word of his abduction ground a 72-hour cease fire attempt to a halt, the Israeli military announced that Lieutenant Goldin had been killed in action.

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