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Israeli Government Shut Down Al-Jazeera Operations

Sunday , 05 May 2024
Photo credit: Reuters/Ammar Awad

The Israeli cabinet decided on Sunday, May 5, 2024, to shut down Al-Jazeera’s operations in Israel.   

The cabinet vote on Sunday, announced by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on X, came after Israel’s parliament passed a law on April 1 allowing the shutdown of a foreign channel’s broadcasts in Israel if the content is deemed to be a threat to the country’s security during the ongoing war. The shutdown took immediate effect, according to Al-Jazeera and multiple news reports. Al-Jazeera is funded by Qatar, which is mediating between Hamas and Israel.

Al-Jazeera journalists have faced multiple threats, including intimidation, obstruction, injuriesarrests, and killings, during the ongoing war. 

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