Shomrim, established in late 2019, is a non-profit, independent news organization founded to strengthen Israeli democracy through investigative journalism. Our unique model is to conduct independent investigations to be published in partnership with existing media. To date, Shomrim has collaborated with over 20 different outlets, including Israel’s leading commercial media outlets. Alongside our documentary stories, data journalism and photojournalism, we are proud to bring you our top investigative stories of 2021.
The Democracy Prize for 2021, awarded as part of the annual Local Testimony exhibition, which opened last month, was won by photographer Nimrod Gluckman, for his photograph of Beitar Jerusalem captain Idan Vered looking at the fingernails of Sapir Berman – the first transgender soccer referee in Israel. The video prize was awarded to Yochai Shalom Hadad for ‘The Water Mark’
The residents of south Tel Aviv are less afraid of coronavirus than they are of its consequences: 10,000 refugees have been left without money for food.
The Knesset is not meeting, the will of the people is being ruthlessly trampled, there are no checks on the executive branch, the General Security Services are being given dangerous powers, the public is frightened. Speaking to Shomrim, Professor Michael Birnhack, one of Israel’s leading jurists on issues of privacy, raises the red flag.