IDF forms committee to determine an Israeli ‘military correspondent‘

IDF’s Spokesperson Brig.-Gen. Ronen Manelis formed an advisory committee on Thursday to determine working procedures between the Spokesperson’s Unit and correspondents covering military affairs.

The committee’s responsibilities will include responding to a claim filed to the Supreme Court regarding the significance of membership in the Military Correspondents Association. The committee will also strengthen transparency and fairness in the relationship between the IDF Spokesman and reporters covering military issues.

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The committee, to be headed by retired Supreme Court Justice Ayala Procaccia, will include Maj.-Gen.(res.) Yossi Baidatz, former defense ministry spokesman Ofer Harel, Dr. Tehila Schwartz Altshuler and veteran journalist Dan Margalit, who worked for The Jerusalem Post’s sister publication Maariv, as well as for Israel Hayom and Haaretz, and Channels 1 and 10.

The committee was formed after The Times of Israel petitioned the High Court of Justice in order to get its military correspondent, Judah Ari Gross, recognized by the IDF and the Military Correspondent’s Association as a military correspondent.

Reporters recognized as military correspondents and members of the MCA have clearance to receive briefings from senior officers, as well as information related to breaking news and ongoing incidents before foreign press.

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