When a sizable portion of our decision-makers have that difficulty, and “digital illiteracy” becomes evident in the upper echelons where decisions are made, we’ve got a problem. This article was first published by The Jerusalem Post.Read More
Dr. Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler argues that the main reason the coup in Turkey fizzled is not because of Erdogan’s FaceTime message, but because he had been anticipating this putsch for quite a few years and had arranged the entire legal apparatus that governs the relationship between the Turkish government and the media accordingly. This op-ed originally appeared in the Jerusalem Post.Read More
The Oscar award-winning “Spotlight” captures the mix of frustration, joy, drudgery and thrill that goes into every great investigative story, reminding viewers of the power of investigative journalism to reveal the abuse of power in the public and private sectors. Could the Pulitzer-prize winning work of the Boston Globe be replicated today?Read More
While in Israel there is no formal constitution, freedom of expression is inherent in our Basic Laws. Yet a recent episode between the Israeli government and the foreign press placed Israel in a problematic light and was neither democratic nor right.Read More
How long will we continue to recite the mantra that “technology cannot be stopped?” To what extent will we take a stand and cease to permit bad social engineering? This article was originally published by The Jerusalem Post.Read More
Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler reminds us that the media is the cement that holds the stones of democracy together. As the arbiter of reality, the purpose of the media is to show us, the citizens, what is going on around us. To the same extent, it is also supposed to reflect our feelings and our level of trust in the decision-makers and representatives whom we elect to govern us.Read More
A summary of a legal opinion opposing the "Law for the Advancement and Protection of Print Journalism in Israel," which would prohibit the distribution of a full-sized daily newspaper in Israel free of charge.Read More
IDI Researcher Dr. Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler analyzes a Supreme Court ruling that recalled a book and struck a balance between the right to privacy and the right to freedom of expression, and discusses larger questions of privacy in the digital age.Read More
As Israel prays for the safe return of Gilad Shaar, Naftali Fraenkel, and Eyal Yifrach, Dr. Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler, head of IDI's Media Reform project, shares thoughts on the use of gag orders and military censorship in the digital age.Read More
In a fiery op-ed, Dr. Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler responds to charges of bias and lays out IDI's pro-active agenda in favor of media diversity and transparency and its efforts to save the Makor Rishon newspaper.Read More
On May 30th, 2012 Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein announced his intention to indict Haaretz journalist Uri Blau on charges of aggravated espionage for his role in the Anat Kamm affair. IDI Senior Researcher Dr. Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler, head of the Institute's Media Reform Project, responds to this decision.Read More
Tools for Coping with a Deceptive World
Author: Zvi Reich,, Yigal Godler
This booklet of questions is part of the Israel Democracy Institute’s initiative to improve journalistic coverage by encouraging reporters to think skeptically. It contains a series of questions that journalists should ask themselves before they publish their articles.
The questions are arranged around four focal points: information; news sources of information; the working methods used to gather data and carry out studies that are later covered by journalists; and the methods used by journalists.
Author: Shlomo Daskal,, Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler,
The first serious study of an Arab-language media outlet in Israel, this exploration of Radio A-Shams, an Arabic-language Israeli radio station, focuses on current issues in the media world as well as policy issues related to the character and future of the State of Israel.
Author: Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler,
Journalistic confidentiality is not protected under Israeli law, although it has received some protection from the courts. This policy paper provides recommendations for systematic regulation of journalistic privilege in Israel.Find out More
Author: Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler,, Tuval Chesler,
Recent years have witnessed a significant and large increase in branded content in the Israeli media. Ths policy paper proposes reforms for properly regulating such content.Find out More
Motion for the Agenda 2, January 2013
Author: Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler,
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Editor: Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler,
Edited by IDI Research Fellow Dr. Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler, this book contains five essays that reflect the many faces of the right to privacy and the transition that this right is undergoing today.Find out More
Author: Yizhar Tal, Dina Ivry-Omer
A policy paper that calls for the establishment of an independent, professional communications authority in Israel that will be charged with the regulation of both telecommunications and broadcasting (television and radio) in Israel.Find out More
Implementing the Freedom of Information Act in Israel
A policy paper that explores Israel’s Freedom of Information Act from a theoretical, doctrinaire, comparative, practical and empirical perspective in order to provide a complete and thorough understanding of the impact of the Act, its modes of implementation, and the difficulties (and successes) that it has encountered.Find out More
Economic and Legal Aspects and Their Impact on the Israeli Democracy
Author: Yaron Ezrahi,, Zohar Goshen, Shmuel Leshem
This book deals with one of the central weaknesses of the Israeli democracy: cross ownership in the commercial media. Our aim is not only to conduct a critical examination of the existing situation and assess its damaging effects but also to explore possible remedies.Find out More
Author: Yaron Ezrahi,, Zohar Goshen, Hanny Comaneshter
A policy paper that explores the question of how can we safeguard the interests of the public - and not only those of the television channels and the bodies that finance them - in an era of multichannel television?Find out More
Author: Yaron Ezrahi,, Omri Ben-Shachar, Rachel Lael
This policy paper analyses the question of public broadcasting in Israel and asserts that it is necessary for Israel to have an independent public broadcasting system, devoid of political and economic pressures. It proposes a reform that outlines a structure and defines possible funding sources for this type of public broadcasting system.Find out More
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