Israel to shut down Al Jazeera's operation in Jerusalem

Rights groups, journalists and media organisations have condemned Israel's decision to shut down Al Jazeera's operations in Jerusalem.

 

Anger erupted after the Israeli communications minister, Ayoub Kara, on Sunday proposed to shutter the office in Jerusalem and revoke the press credentials of the network's Arabic and English journalists there.

"Al Jazeera denounces this decision made by a state that claims to be 'the only democratic state in the Middle East,'" the network said in a statement, adding that the reasons the Israeli minister of communications used to justify such a move were "odd and biased".

The Committee to Protect Journalists said that Israel should abandon its "undemocratic plans" and allow Al Jazeera and all journalists to "report freely from the country and the areas it occupies".

"Censoring Al Jazeera or closing its offices will not bring stability to the region, but it would put Israel firmly in the camp of some of the region's worst enemies of press freedom," said Sherif Mansour, CPJ's Middle East and North Africa programme coordinator.
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