Promoting Justices: Media Coverage of Judicial Nominations in Israel


  • Bryna Bogoch Bar Ilan University
  • Yifat Holzman-Gazit


Judicial nominations, media and law, framing, judicial activism, Supreme Court, Nombramientos judiciales, medios de comunicación y derecho, activismo judicial, Tribunal Supremo, Corte Suprema,


This paper compares the framing of the coverage of judicial appointments in Israel in 2008 in two newspapers with nomination news from preceding years and to the patterns of press coverage in the U.S. A content analysis of 101 Supreme Court nomination articles indicated that unlike the political frame of American coverage, the press in Israel preserves its ostensible commitment to the professionalism of judges while linking the Supreme Court to political maneuvering in the selection of candidates. These findings are discussed within the context of the media's role in constructing judicial nominations as a debate about the role of the Supreme Court in Israeli society.

Este artículo compara el marco de la cobertura de los nombramientos judiciales en Israel en 2008 en dos periódicos, con noticias de nombramientos de años anteriores y en los Estados Unidos, con los patrones de cobertura de prensa en los EE.UU. Un análisis de contenido de 101 artículos de nombramientos de la Corte Suprema indicó que, a diferencia del marco político de la cobertura de América, la prensa en Israel consierva su aparente compromiso con la profesionalidad de los jueces, a pesar de que relaciona la Corte Suprema con maniobras políticas en la selección de candidatos. Estos resultados se discuten en el contexto del papel de los medios de comunicación en la construcción de los nombramientos judiciales como un debate sobre el papel de la Corte Suprema en la sociedad israelí.



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Author Biographies

Bryna Bogoch, Bar Ilan University

Prof. Bryna Bogoch is a professor at the School of Communication and the Department for Interdisciplinary Social Science Studies at Bar Ilan University. She is also Co-Chair for the Center of Media and Law at Bar Ilan University. She is a founding member of the Israeli Law and Society Association and a longstanding active member of the Law and Society Association where she has served on various committees, including the Editorial Advisory Board. Her fields of research include gender and the legal profession, media and the law, language and the law, mediation and family law, the effects of computerized technology on the development of knowledge in family law, the media critique of the courts, and the textual analysis of formalism in Supreme Court judicial decisions.

Yifat Holzman-Gazit

Yifat Holzman-Gazit is an Associate Professor at the Haim Striks School of Law at the College of Management. She has conducted research and written extensively in the fields of media and the law, public opinion about inquiry commissions and the history of the land regime in Israel. Her work has appeared in legal and socio-legal journals. Haim Striks School of Law. The College of Management Academic Studies (COMAS) 7 Yitzhak Rabin Blvd. Rishon LeZion, Israel 7502501.




How to Cite

Bogoch, B. and Holzman-Gazit, Y. (2014) “Promoting Justices: Media Coverage of Judicial Nominations in Israel”, Oñati Socio-Legal Series, 4(4), pp. 631–651. Available at: (Accessed: 24 February 2024).