Appealing a Press Pass Rejection in Israel
This article addresses appealing a press pass rejection in Israel in the event that your request for a press pass is not accepted.
In the event that you are preemptively concerned about this and have not yet applied for your press card, see our article discussing some background information on press cards and the application for a government press office card in Israel.
Appealing an Israeli Government Press Office Card Rejection
It is possible to submit a petition before a Government Press Office special tribunal within 30 days of the rejection. They will hear the case and make a decision within 21 days. In the event the petition is rejected, then the journalist or media outlet can submit a petition to the district court.
Reapplying after an Israeli Government Press Office Card Rejection
In the event that you are appealing a press pass rejection in Israel, it is first and foremost important to emphasize that it is insufficient to resubmit the initial request to the Government Press Office. There is also a timeline in place regulating when a media outlet may resubmit a request.
In the event that your media outlet’s Government Press Office card in Israel was rejected, the media outlet is permitted to resubmit an application six months after the initial rejection date. In order to avoid another rejection, it is important to correct or improve the presentation of data in the new application. As we have discussed in other articles, it is essential that any submission is truthful and accurate. Once a rejection has been issued, an appeal may be sent to the Prime Minister’s office through the Legal Department.
The Special Committee in an Israeli Press Pass Appeal
Appealing a press pass rejection in Israel results in a special committee reviewing the matter. This committee includes a CEO representative from the Prime Minister’s office, a CEO representative from the Ministry of Interior, a representative from the Israeli attorney general’s office, and finally, a representative from the Israeli Media Committee.
What to Do During the Israeli Press Pass Appeal
In the event that the rejection was accompanied by reasons indicating why the press pass was refused, it is important that the media outlet discuss why the reasons they were refused are incorrect. In the event that no reasons were given when the refusal was issued, then the media outlet should detail how it falls within the criteria of eligibility to receive an Israeli press pass. This discussion should focus on the eligibility of both the media outlet and the employee they are applying for.
Other Articles on the Issue of Israeli Press Passes
If you’d like to learn more about types of press cards, visiting journalists and temporary press cards, canceling or suspending press cards, or work visas for foreign media personnel, see our resources on these topics.
Contact Us about Appealing a Press Pass Rejection in Israel
In the event you are appealing an Israeli Government Press Office card rejection and need assistance, feel free to contact us. Advocate Michael Decker has years of experience dealing with issues such as these, and he would be happy to help.