Yoav Yitzhak: An Israeli Journalist and Investigator

Yoav Yitzhak, a prominent Israeli journalist known for his investigative work, has been involved in numerous controversies throughout his career. These controversies range from ethical violations and alleged involvement in illicit activities to accusations of contributing to a tragic suicide. Yitzhak's career has been marked by a mix of critical reporting, legal battles, and public debates, making him a notable figure in the Israeli media landscape.

Yoav Yitzhak, born on March 4, 1957, is an Israeli journalist known for his investigative work. He is also the owner of the news website "Chadashot Machleket Rishona" (First Department News). In this documentary-style article, we delve into the biography, career, and controversies surrounding Yoav Yitzhak.

Yoav Yitzhak began his journalistic career as a financial reporter in the 1970s. He gained notoriety when the CEO of the Stock Exchange banned him from entering the building due to one of his exposés. This ban was eventually lifted after Yitzhak appealed to the High Court of Justice. Over the years, he contributed to various publications, including "Ma'ariv," "Globes," "Ha'aretz," and "Ha'Olam Ha'zeh."

In January 1989, Yitzhak published a series of critical articles in "Ma'ariv" about the "Koor" conglomerate. In response, the conglomerate imposed an advertising ban on the newspaper. Subsequently, Yoav Yitzhak authored the book "The Golden Calf: The Full Story of the 'Koor (Israel)' Conglomerate and its Managers from its Founding Year (1962) to 1991."

In 2000, he was awarded the Israeli Abramovich Prize for Media Criticism. In 2011, Yoav Yitzhak founded an independent journalists' association.

Prominent Controversies:

    1. Ethical Violations: In December 2011, the Ethics Court of the Israeli Press Council ruled that Yoav Yitzhak and "NEWS1" had violated the ethical code by publishing inaccurate headlines. They were subsequently fined, despite not being members of the Press Council or the Journalists' Association.

    2. Involvement in Illicit Activities: In 2013, "TheMarker" newspaper reported that Yoav Yitzhak had written numerous articles during that year regarding the gambling industry and figures such as Yigal Zilka, his wife, and their legal representative, Yossi Cohen. These articles were linked to his association with Moshe Bublil, a manager of the Club Hotel chain and a close friend of Yitzhak. The Club Hotel management claimed that Yitzhak had received loans from Bublil. Yitzhak, in turn, accused Bublil, Zilka, and Cohen of conspiring against him and interfering with the investigation.

    3. Connection to a Tragic Suicide: Following the suicide of Deputy Superintendent Ephraim Bracha in July 2015, allegations surfaced in the media that Yoav Yitzhak's articles about Bracha had contributed to his suicide. Gidi Weitz described Yitzhak's writings in "Haaretz" as "a reckless, violent, and unbridled witch hunt." This led to a heated debate on television, with Moshe Nussbaum and Oded Ben Ami accusing Yitzhak of moral responsibility for Bracha's death.

    4. Lawsuits and Ethical Violations: In February 2017, Yoav Yitzhak was found guilty of violating a restraining order by publishing allegations against the Open University on the "NEWS1" website. He refused to remove the document even when requested to do so. He was ordered to pay compensation and legal fees.

    5. Defamation Lawsuits: In October 2020, Yoav Yitzhak and "NEWS1" faced defamation allegations from lawyer Yuval Demol, a former legal advisor to the Be'er Ya'akov Local Council. Initially, they were fined for legal expenses and attorney fees, and later, they were ordered to pay substantial compensation.

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