Ethical Coverage of Shalit’s Homecoming

Everyone is desperate to see those precious first moments of freedom for Gilad Shalit. It’s only human that Israelis wish to share their joy with the Shalit family.

The Shalit homecoming and the accompanying Palestinian prisoner release have been blanket coverage on Israel’s main TV networks. So how then to avoid a media circus?

Ha’aretz reports:

Israel’s top television news outlets signed an agreement on Monday that would regulate the ethical aspects of media coverage concerning Tuesday’s expected return of abducted Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit.

The agreement was signed after the news departments of Channel 2 and Channel 10 television held negotiations for over 24 hours.

Under the terms of the signed agreement, reporters and photographers from both stations will keep their distance from the Shalit home in Mitzpeh Hila and avoid taking invasive photographs.

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