A serious affair is currently sending shock waves through the senior command of the Israel Police. The affair recently became the chief topic of conversation in the organization’s corridors and is on top of the agenda of its senior officials. The exposure of this sensitive affair could deal a severe blow to the public’s trust in the police and in the professional integrity of its senior commanders. The law enforcement system is familiar with the incident.
The Israel Police refuses to respond to inquiries from Haaretz and explains that “we have no intention of responding to the content of your inquiry because the conduct of the Haaretz newspaper does not meet the basic standards of fair, professional journalism and is characterized by biased, one-sided, tendentious reporting. The Haaretz newspaper has decided to ignore the fundamental principles of fair reporting and the directives of the Israel Press Council’s code of ethics that appear in the clauses on “checking the facts,” “objectivity,” “correction of errors,” “apology and response” and “privacy and good reputation”; furthermore, Haaretz chooses to ignore the principle of good faith, which appears in the libel law.
“We have no quarrel with a critical media that fulfills the role it is expected to fill in a democratic regime founded on the principles of freedom of speech and freedom of the press. However, these freedoms do not include freedom of tongue-lashing. We regret the fact that the readership of Haaretz is frequently deprived of the reaction of the Israel Police and is exposed to a one-sided, tendentious picture that demonstrates what seems to be lack of good faith in the coverage. We want to clarify that this unusual step has been taken after many attempts to create a fair, professional dialogue with Haaretz. However, these attempts have been crudely ignored.”