Beyond the military sphere: The 63-year-old debate over Israel's armed forces 'civilianized' radio station

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Abstract

The article discusses the political and public debates in Israel over the appropriateness of a military radio station in a democratic state. The Israeli station was established in 1950 to assist the defense forces in absorbing and educating new Jewish immigrants, but later developed to become one of Israel's major media outlets. Previously unstudied documents reveal that the initiative to launch the station was met with criticism from its early stages; concerns about letting the army run a radio station without public oversight have been raised repeatedly ever since. This research project illustrates the benefits of media historiography as an effective prism for studying wider aspects of societies in which various media organizations operate. It adds, as well, to the historiography of military radio stations around the world.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-181
Number of pages13
JournalMedia History
Volume19
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 5 Jan 2013

Keywords

  • Galei Tzahal
  • IDF Radio
  • Israeli media
  • military radio stations
  • nation building

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