Muting Israeli democracy: How media and cultural policy undermine free expression

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Analyzing a wide range of legal documents recorded in Israel from 1961 to 2007, 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 "muted democracy," one in which electronic 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, Muting Israeli Democracy demonstrates in scrupulous detail how free speech in Israel is institutionally muted through the constraints and obligations set on electronic media to ensure the continued cultural domination of the Jewish majority and its preferred hegemonic interpretation of what Israel means as a Jewish-democratic state.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of Illinois Press
Number of pages216
ISBN (Electronic)9780252092350
ISBN (Print)9780252034589, 9780252076930
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameThe History of Media and Communication
PublisherUniversity of Illinois Press

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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