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"Act of madness": Israeli officials seize AP equipment, cut live feed of Gaza

Posted on AllSides May 21st, 2024
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Middle East, Israel, Free Press, Associated Press
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Israeli officials seized broadcasting equipment belonging to the Associated Press on Tuesday, arguing it was used to provide images to Al Jazeera, whose Jerusalem bureau was shuttered earlier this month following the passage of a new foreign broadcast law.

Why it matters: Press advocates have warned that the law creates a dangerous precedent for censoring independent news outlets in the region amid the ongoing war with Hamas.

Israeli lawmakers passed the measure last month, empowering the country's communications minister to take action against any foreign media network that it can prove poses a national security risk.


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