Israel’s new chief military censor has demanded that popular bloggers writing on security-related issues submit their posts to her before publication. Failure to do so will be considered a crime. Critics say the move is Orwellian.This is....stunning. I'm too small to ever catch the notice of the censors if such a move was planned by our own DoD, but Western militaries are copying each other so.....
The expansion of the IDF’s censorship scope was first revealed by one of the bloggers targeted, Yossi Gurvitz. He runs a Facebook page called “George's Friends” – a title alluding to writer George Orwell – which has over 10,000 subscribers.
This week he tweeted that the IDF’s former spokesperson, who was appointed chief censor less than a year ago, has ordered that he submit his posts for prepublication review.
I wonder. Has this even been discussed in the Pentagon? I would think not. Most of the military press writes only favorable articles and I have yet to see ANY defense journalist challenge a spokesman with hard hitting questions in an article or interview.
But still. I checked out the blogger and he didn't have anything "hard hitting" in his Twitter feed. This whole thing is curious.