STATEMENT
Israeli move to silence Al Jazeera a clear violation of press freedom
07 Aug 2017
BY INDEX ON CENSORSHIP

Index on Censorship condemns the decision by the government of Israel to ban Al Jazeera from operating in the country.

“A free and open media landscape is necessary for the proper functioning of a democratic society. The silencing of Al Jazeera’s networks — whether English or Arabic — is a detriment to the public’s right to information,” Jodie Ginsberg, CEO of Index on Censorship, said.

The revoking of the press cards belonging to the network’s reporters is a clear violation of press freedom and the right to freedom of expression.

Israel’s decision echoes the move by Saudi Arabia and its allies, who demanded that Qatar shutter the network and other media outlets as part of a list of demands to end a diplomatic crisis.

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