mercredi 9 août 2017

After Israel tries to ban Al Jazeera, critics say the country is ‘taking its cues from Arab dictators’

Après qu'"israël" tente d'interdire Al-Jazira, les critiques disent que le pays «fait l'éloge des dictateurs arabes»

On Sunday Israel’s minister of communication Ayoub Kara said he is banning Al Jazeera from broadcasting, shutting its Jerusalem bureau, and revoking press credentials for reporters with the Doha-based network. Kara charged the media outlet is a “tool for the Islamic State” and created
biased content when covering recent demonstrations regarding the al-Aqsa mosque. But, commentators have raised the point that Israeli regulations prevent sweeping bans on media outlets and the network and its journalists will likely continue to work in the country.

News of the ban broke over the weekend when Kara told reporters in a press conference, “Lately, almost all countries in our region determined that Al-Jazeera supports terrorism, supports religious radicalization,” Haaretz reported, adding Kara said, “And when we see that all these countries have determined as fact that Al-Jazeera is a tool of the Islamic State [group], Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran, and we are the only one who have not determined that, then something delusional is happening here.”

Kara also noted Israeli channels had agreed to his request to stop airing Al Jazeera.

Hours later Al Jazeera responded in a statement condemning the move:

“Al Jazeera Media Network denounces this decision, which comes in the context of a campaign that was initiated by a statement made earlier by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in which he accused Al Jazeera of inciting violence during its coverage of the al-Aqsa Mosque.

Other Israeli ministers and officials had previously made similar statements following a break into Al Jazeera bureau by a number of settlers.

Al Jazeera denounces this decision made by a state that claims to be ‘the only democratic state in the Middle East.”

The television network also made a point to specifically address Kara’s aligning with regional powers that have also taken Al Jazeera off air. From Al Jazeera’s statement:

“[Al Jazeera] also finds the justifications made by the minister of communications as odd and biased as they are in unison with the actions carried out by a number of Arab countries (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, and Jordan) that have closed the network’s bureaus, shut down its cable and satellite transmissions, and blocked its websites and applications.”
Al Jazeera political analyst Marwan Bishara mentioned this point on-air yesterday, stating “Israel is taking its cues from...

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