Journalist Cleared of Rape Charge Blasts Colleagues

The State Prosecutor's Office yesterday dropped all charges against a prominent Israeli journalist who had been suspected of rape. The investigators concluded that journalist Adam Shuv was probably not guilty.

"Regretfully, almost all media acted immorally in reporting about my case," Shuv said in a letter to various media outlets.

"Some unethically and prematurely reported on the fact that I had been called in for questioning. Others made false reports about suspicions, complaints and details that never happened, and were never included in the police case."

Shuv had been suspected of having unlawful sex with one minor and of committing indecent acts with another. He worked until recently as the editor of TheMarker Cafe, the social networking site of Haaretz's sister publication, TheMarker. Before that, Shuv was a crime reporter.

Shuv's attorney, Lior Epstein, said after the decision to drop the charges that "the public's right to know must not be confused with the public's right to peep."

Epstein complained that the media was focusing on the opening of criminal investigations instead of their findings. "Shuv was sentenced in the media's court, but the case's closing will be marginalized because it's only a follow-up story," the attorney added.

In his letter, Shuv wrote: "During these difficult times, I find myself reckoning with my own actions as a reporter. I'm asking myself whether I had been sensitive enough to the dignity and presumed innocence of suspects. I hope this affair will prove to be a turning point in the way the media handles similar cases."

Police arrested Shuv early last month, releasing him to house arrest the following day.

After the arrest, a spokesman for the Tel Aviv District Police said the minor's complaints had been examined over the past two weeks, leading police to decide that an investigation was justified.