Muting Israeli Democracy

Muting Israeli Democracy : How Media and Cultural Policy Undermine Free Expression

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The result of years of critical analysis of Israeli media law, this book argues that the laws governing Israeli electronic media are structured to limit the boundaries of public discourse. Amit M. Schejter posits the theory of a "mute democracy," one in which the media are designed to provide a platform for some voices to be heard over others. While Israel's institutions may be democratic, and while the effect of these policies may be limited, this book contends that free speech in Israel is institutionally muted to ensure the continued domination of the Jewish majority and its preferred interpretation of what Israel means as a Jewish-democratic state. Analyzing a wide range of legal documents recorded in Israel from 1961 to 2007, Muting Israeli Democracy demonstrates in scrupulous detail how law and policy are used to promote the hegemonic national culture through the constraints and obligations set on electronic more

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  • Hardback | 216 pages
  • 150 x 232 x 22mm | 458.13g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 3 line drawings; 7 tables
  • 0252034589
  • 9780252034589

Table of contents

Introduction: The Makings of a Mute Democracy; Chapter 1: Culture and Israeli Culture -Features and Institutions; Chapter 2: Israel-Media Space and Political Culture; Chapter 3: Israeli Electronic Media as a System of Control; Chapter 4show more

About Amit M. Schejter

Amit M. Schejter is an assistant professor of communications and co-director of the Institute for Information Policy at Penn Sate University and a former attorney specializing in Israeli telecommunication and media law, policy, and more

Review quote

"An excellent addition to the comparative literature on media regulation and free speech rights."--Free Speech Yearbook "The author displays enviable intellectual courage by sharply indicting Israel's broadcast media policies, despite being himself Jewish and a true believer in the Zionist idea of an independent homeland."--International Communication Research Journal "This book addresses a critical feature of democracy and illustrates a frightening reality: despite the democratic nature of the State of Israel, Israeli media falls terribly short when dealing with the minority Arab population."--Jewish Book World "Few are as experienced and and expert as [Schejter] is in the everyday realities of the Israeli media from the inside. His familiarity with the media institution from the inside renders the book particularly important and validates its main thesis... The book challenges researchers' knowledge of Israeli democracy and provides an insightful overview of the Israeli broadcasting media."--Israel Studies Forumshow more