Israel seeks ban on Al Jazeera, says communications minister

Israel seeks ban on Al Jazeera, says communications minister
Israel's Communications Minister Ayoub Kara says the far-right Netanyahu government is seeking to ban pan-Arab broadcaster Al Jazeera, following the lead of the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
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06 August, 2017
Israel's ministry of communications says it plans to close the pan-Arab Al-Jazeera news network and ban its journalists from reporting in the country.

Communications Minister Ayoub Kara said a request had been made to revoke the credentials of the Al Jazeera's Arabic and English-language networks, during a press conference where reporters from the broadcaster were banned.

Al Jazeera said Israel is looking at ways to scramble the network, which is widely watched in the country - particularly by Palestinian Israeli citizens.

Israel Prime Minister has threatened to close Al Jazeera over its critical coverage of Israel, particularly during the unrest over the part-closure of the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

The UAE, Egypt and Saudi Arabia have all banned Al Jazeera.

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