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Court ruling launches a spiral of aggressive journalism

Ilana DayanThe Supreme Court has acquitted journalist Ilana Dayan of libel. Seven years ago Channel 2 aired her program accusing an IDF captain of intentionally killing a thirteen-year-old Arab girl. The girl, mind you, approached the military installation at a time when suicide bombings were common.

The journalist was acquitted because she had reasonable evidence to support her accusations. To support that, the court pointed out that the officer was was under indictment at the time on similar charges. But that’s a chicken-and-egg question! He was indicted specifically because of media hysteria, and later acquitted.

Now leftist journalists have learned that they are safe from prosecution for libel as long as they can push law enforcement to investigate their allegations. And so they will become ever more aggressive in pressing their false accusations against soldiers.

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