Journalists and the government: Necessary adversaries?
Recently, the secretary of the Israel Press Council Avi Weinberg spoke out against threats from Israeli officials to boycott the Arab news network al-Jazeera, arguing governments should not limit journalists “even if their reports are not to the liking of some cabinet members.” Journalism is, by its very nature, “an opposition to the government,” Weinberg says.
Do you think the role of journalism in a democratic regime is to be critical and biting in its attitude towards the government? Or should media strive to coexist peacefully with government and those in power?
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