Whistle-blower gets four and a half years, has 45 days to appeal

first_img June 3, 2021 Find out more to go further IsraelMiddle East – North Africa May 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Reporters Without Borders condemns the four-and-a-half-year jail sentence that a Tel Aviv court passed yesterday on online journalist Anat Kam for copying classified military documents while she was doing obligatory service with the Israel Defence Forces and for passing them to a journalist with the Tel Aviv-based daily Haaretz.The court also imposed a suspended sentence of an additional 18 months in prison. Kam has 45 days to appeal.“This severe sentence violates the right to the confidentiality of sources and sets a dangerous precedent that could encourage reporters to censor themselves,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Without taking position on the content of these documents and their classification, we point out that the media must be able to report law-breaking and must be free to tackle sensitive subjects, such as the IDF, without risk of being prosecuted.”While doing military service from 2005 to 2007, Kam was a clerk in the office of then central military region chief Gen. Yair Naveh. She used her position to copy 2,085 documents and pass them to Haaretz reporter Uri Blau, who in turn used them for a series of articles critical of the IDF.One of his stories reported that the IDF defied a Supreme Court ruling by ordering soldiers to kill members of the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad who could have been arrested. The story was approved at the time by the military censors. For the time being, Blau has immunity from prosecution.After completing her military service, Kam worked for the Walla news website. She has been under house arrest in Tel Aviv since 2009. The two years under house arrest will not be deducted from her jail sentence. News Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists IsraelMiddle East – North Africa October 31, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Whistle-blower gets four and a half years, has 45 days to appeal Haaretz reporter Uri Blau Anat Kam, 10.30.2011 Follow the news on Israel News News Organisation RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes News May 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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