Agreement to protect First Sgt. Shalit’s privacy

Approved by most news networks, the agreement balances the freedom of the press and Shalit’s need for privacy

Date: 17/10/2011, 6:34 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

IDF (Zahal) Spokesperson published an agreement with all news networks on Monday (October 17) to protect the privacy of First Sgt. Gilad Shalit as he returns to Israel and to his family.

The purpose of the agreement is to come to a mutual understanding of fair media coverage rules, applicable after First Sgt. Shalit returns from captivity.

The agreement stresses that it does not wish “to deter from the freedom of the press in any way. Its only purpose is to balance this right with the right of First Sgt. Shalit and his family for privacy. This privacy is crucial for their recovery as a family and for the recovery and health of First Sgt. Shalit.”

The agreement was written by the IDF (Zahal) Spokesperson in coordination with the Head Medical Officer responsible for First Sgt. Shalit’s health. The agreement was approved by the Shalit family, the Israel Press Council and the Tel Aviv Journalism Association. Most Israeli news networks already signed off on the agreement as well.