Israel’s Media Watch is calling on Galei Tzahal (Army Radio) to apologize to its listening audience, particularly the chareidi tzibur. It has called on the station’s director to make this apology.
The request refers to a case in the news over recent weeks in which there were allegations of a horrific assault against a small child on her way to school by a member of the chareidi community in Modi’in Illit, an attack which reportedly occurred in a shul or beis medrash. The news received widespread media coverage based on the Galei Tzahal reports.
The extensive coverage led to the usual interviews with experts in the media, and widespread judgmental statements and conclusions, and of course condemnations. At the end, police learned there was no horrific attack against the girl and the complaint was the act of a woman who felt this was a legitimate way to bring attention to the issue of abuse and attacks against children.
As such, Media Watch feels Galei Tzahal owes an apology to the public at large, particularly the chareidim who were bashed for days on national radio, in the print and electronic media, as a result of the Galei Tzahal reports.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)