By Alex Kane
Journalists fleeing a country out of fear of arrest, media workers being “attacked and detained” by people who enjoy the full backing of the state, and soldiers accused of attacking journalists? Sounds like Iran’s post-election scene, but this time it’s Israel.
The Jewish Telegraphic Agency has a good report on the case of Anat Kam:
“Israel has held a journalist under secret house arrest since last December based on allegations that during her military service she leaked classified documents suggesting that the Israeli army violated laws dealing with targeted killings.
Anat Kam, 23, was arrested last December and charged under Israel’s espionage and treason laws, JTA has learned.
Prosecutors are seeking a 14-year sentence, which is considered severe by Israeli standards.”
Richard Silverstein, who has been blogging on this case, wrote today that an “unconfirmed report” indicates that the Haaretz reporter, Uri Blau, who published the story that caused Kam to be arrested has left Israel in fear of being arrested.