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More than half (57.6%) of Jewish Israelis think human rights organizations that expose immoral behavior by Israel should not be allowed to operate freely, and think there is too much freedom of expression here, a recent survey found.
The survey, commissioned by the Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research at Tel Aviv University, will be presented Wednesday at a conference on the limits of freedom of expression.
The poll also found that most of the respondents favor punishing Israeli citizens who support sanctioning or boycotting the country, and support punishing journalists who report news that reflects badly on the actions of the defense establishment.
Another 82% of respondents said they back stiff penalties for people who leak illegally obtained information exposing immoral conduct by the defense establishment.
The poll showed 65% of all of those questioned think the Israeli media should be barred from publishing news that defense officials think could endanger state security, even if the news was reported abroad.
Another 43% said the media should not report information confirmed by Palestinian sources that could reflect poorly on the Israeli army.
58% of respondents opposed harsh criticism of the country, an increase of 10 percentage points from 2003.