I am seeing more and more mainstream journalists around the world embedding with the IDF, and accepting limitations on the material that they are allowed to share. I am reminded of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, that this was the method used by the George W. Bush administration to tell its lies and even hide casualties and atrocities from the public.
If you, as a journalist or as someone with editorial control, accept this arrangement, if you trade autonomy for access, you are no longer a journalist. You have become a propagandist. It doesn’t matter how honest your motives, you won’t ‘slip the truth out.’ Your very overt association with power is itself a message, especially during war. They wouldn’t offer the access if they didn’t want you in their pocket in some way. Don’t accept the arrangement. Quit first. You’ll thank yourself later.