Richard Silverstein 
April 4, 2012
The Committee to Protect Journalists has published its annual ranking  of nations who imprison journalists. Israel has the dubious distinction of coming in second  in the competition behind Eritrea, one of the most closed societies in the world. Per capita  Israel has imprisoned more journalists than Iran.
One aspect of this survey that really bugs me is that they excluded Anat Kamm  from the list, possibly because she was serving as an IDF soldier when she committed the “crime” than got her sent to prison (but wasn’t then a working journalist). But Kammwas a journalist and took the documents she did because she recognized their news value and because she knew they proved a crime had likely been committed. She knew these things because she was a journalist. In addition, Uri Blau still faces very serious legal jeopardy because he received and published the Kamm documents. His case has hung over his head for years with no decision in sight.
The other seven journalists in Israeli prisons are Palestinian. Which is why Jodi Rudoren, the NY Times’ newly designated Israel correspondent initially tweeted  Israel’s ranking and then apologized  after she realized the jailed were “only” Palestinians. In other words, in the mind of a liberal Zionist like Rudoren, Palestinian journalists are unfortunate casualties of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict and can’t be seen as actual indicators of the degradation of Israeli press freedom. If I were tweeting now I’d use the hashtag #epicfail.