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  • A step on the road to totalitarianism?

    The first thing any totalitarian regime moves against is the free press. Putin has done it in Russia, the Chinese government controls its media and now Israel appears to heading down the same route by blocking news agencies it deems "terrorist".

    Will Haaretz be next if it prints information with which the Netanyahu administration takes offence?

    The ban is for forty five days at a time and to be renewed if deemed necessary. Hmm....

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-68708984

    The Israeli parliament has approved a law giving the government the power to ban broadcasts of TV channels including Al Jazeera, the Qatari-owned network.
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would "act immediately" to close the network's local office.

    The US expressed concern over the move.
    With foreign journalists banned from entering Gaza, Al Jazeera staff based in the strip have been some of the only reporters able to cover the war on the ground.

    The Knesset, Israel's parliament, approved the bill allowing foreign networks considered a threat to national security to be "temporarily" banned.

    The ban would be in place for a period of 45 days at a time, which could be renewed. The law would stay in force until July or until the end of significant fighting in Gaza.
    "Al Jazeera will no longer be broadcast from Israel," Mr Netanyahu wrote on Twitter/X, calling the network a "terrorist channel".

    For years, Israeli officials have accused the network of anti-Israeli bias. But their criticisms of the broadcaster have intensified since the Hamas attacks of 7 October. Authorities claim it has close links with Hamas, which Al Jazeera vehemently denies.

    In a statement, Al Jazeera said: "Netanyahu could not find any justifications to offer the world for his ongoing attacks on Al Jazeera and press freedom except to present new lies and inflammatory slanders against the Network and the rights of its employees.
    "Al Jazeera holds the Israeli Prime Minister responsible for the safety of its staff and Network premises around the world, following his incitement and this false accusation in a disgraceful manner."

    The channel has accused Israel of deliberately targeting its staff. Journalists including Hamza Al-Dahdouh, the son of Al Jazeera Gaza bureau chief Wael Al-Dahdouh, have been killed by Israeli strikes. Israel denies targeting journalists.
    Qatar, where Al Jazeera is headquartered, is mediating talks between Israel and Hamas over the now almost six-month long conflict. Previous negotiations mediated by Qatar led to a temporary ceasefire and the release of 105 Israeli hostages.

    It is not clear, though, if the move by Israel will affect the ceasefire talks.

    Israel has previously banned a smaller Lebanese channel, Al Mayadeen, from operating in the country.

    "If it is true, a move like this is concerning," White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said when asked about the proposed ban.

    The war began when Hamas fighters stormed into southern Israel on 7 October last year, killing about 1,200 people and seizing 253 hostages, according to Israeli tallies. About 130 of the hostages remain in captivity, at least 34 of whom are presumed dead.

    More than 32,800 Palestinians have been killed and 75,000 injured in Gaza since Israel launched its military campaign, according to the Hamas-run health ministry. It says 70% of those killed were women and children.
    Al Jazeera first launched in 1996 and shook up the media landscape in the Middle East by airing criticisms of governments and rulers in the region.
    But some governments in the region have taken issue with the network's coverage. It has been closed or blocked in countries including Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt.

    Al Jazeera says it was the first Arabic channel to feature Israeli politicians and commentators on the air.
    "It ain't necessarily so
    The things that you're liable
    To read in the Bible
    It ain't necessarily so
    ."

    Sportin' Life
    Porgy & Bess, DuBose Heyward, George & Ira Gershwin

  • #2
    Originally posted by Hypatia_Alexandria View Post
    The first thing any totalitarian regime moves against is the free press. Putin has done it in Russia, the Chinese government controls its media and now Israel appears to heading down the same route by blocking news agencies it deems "terrorist".
    True to form, another Jew hating thread...

    I don't remember you getting upset with this:



    Zelensky nationalizes TV news and restricts opposition parties

    https://news.yahoo.com/zelensky-nati...IOzsBQzmq-sgb1
    Atheism is the cult of death, the death of hope. The universe is doomed, you are doomed, the only thing that remains is to await your execution...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jbnueb2OI4o&t=3s

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    • #3
      Originally posted by seer View Post

      True to form, another Jew hating thread...

      I don't remember you getting upset with this:



      Zelensky nationalizes TV news and restricts opposition parties

      https://news.yahoo.com/zelensky-nati...IOzsBQzmq-sgb1
      I do not condone it but to use your own phrase "apples and oranges". Ukraine is not Israel. Russians are not Palestinians.
      "It ain't necessarily so
      The things that you're liable
      To read in the Bible
      It ain't necessarily so
      ."

      Sportin' Life
      Porgy & Bess, DuBose Heyward, George & Ira Gershwin

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Hypatia_Alexandria View Post

        I do not condone it but to use your own phrase "apples and oranges". Ukraine is not Israel. Russians are not Palestinians.
        You just can't wait to attack Jews! Please tell us about freedom of the press in Gaza or the West Bank...
        Atheism is the cult of death, the death of hope. The universe is doomed, you are doomed, the only thing that remains is to await your execution...

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jbnueb2OI4o&t=3s

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Hypatia_Alexandria View Post
          The first thing any totalitarian regime moves against is the free press. Putin has done it in Russia, the Chinese government controls its media and now Israel appears to heading down the same route by blocking news agencies it deems "terrorist".
          Ukrainian President Zelinsky did the same thing, and even banned rival political parties. And any government that tries to suppress supposed "misinformation" (and there are many that do) effectively amounts to the same thing.
          Some may call me foolish, and some may call me odd
          But I'd rather be a fool in the eyes of man
          Than a fool in the eyes of God


          From "Fools Gold" by Petra

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post

            Ukrainian President Zelinsky did the same thing, and even banned rival political parties. And any government that tries to suppress supposed "misinformation" (and there are many that do) effectively amounts to the same thing.
            She doesn't care - she can't use that to attack the Jewish state..
            Atheism is the cult of death, the death of hope. The universe is doomed, you are doomed, the only thing that remains is to await your execution...

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jbnueb2OI4o&t=3s

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            • #7
              Where was your concern over the corporate-State alignment to suppress the free press in regard to the Hunter Biden laptop story?
              P1) If , then I win.

              P2)

              C) I win.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post

                Ukrainian President Zelinsky did the same thing, and even banned rival political parties. And any government that tries to suppress supposed "misinformation" (and there are many that do) effectively amounts to the same thing.
                And I do not condone it. Nor do two wrongs make a right.
                "It ain't necessarily so
                The things that you're liable
                To read in the Bible
                It ain't necessarily so
                ."

                Sportin' Life
                Porgy & Bess, DuBose Heyward, George & Ira Gershwin

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by seer View Post

                  You just can't wait to attack Jews! Please tell us about freedom of the press in Gaza or the West Bank...
                  Don't be ridiculous. Banning the press is always a bad move.
                  My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism. James 2:1

                  If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not  bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless James 1:26

                  This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; James 1:19

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by seer View Post

                    You just can't wait to attack Jews! Please tell us about freedom of the press in Gaza or the West Bank...
                    Well it has been reduced since Israel has blocked Al Jazeera from reporting as well its earlier blocking of a smaller Lebanese channel.

                    It seems the Netanyahu regime does not want any reporting that might be critical of its policies and actions.
                    "It ain't necessarily so
                    The things that you're liable
                    To read in the Bible
                    It ain't necessarily so
                    ."

                    Sportin' Life
                    Porgy & Bess, DuBose Heyward, George & Ira Gershwin

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by oxmixmudd View Post

                      Don't be ridiculous. Banning the press is always a bad move.
                      Not the point Jim, HA is constantly starting threads attacking the Jews, never Hamas or the PA or Muslims in general. She is an anti Semite.
                      Atheism is the cult of death, the death of hope. The universe is doomed, you are doomed, the only thing that remains is to await your execution...

                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jbnueb2OI4o&t=3s

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Hypatia_Alexandria View Post

                        Well it has been reduced since Israel has blocked Al Jazeera from reporting as well its earlier blocking of a smaller Lebanese channel.

                        It seems the Netanyahu regime does not want any reporting that might be critical of its policies and actions.
                        There was never a free press in Gaza or the West Back. That is why you are a Jew hater - you only point to their sins, never the Muslims.


                        The media are not free in Gaza. West Bank–based newspapers have been permitted in the territory since 2014, and a number of political factions have their own media outlets. However, Gazan journalists and bloggers continue to face repression from the Hamas government’s internal security apparatus and from Israeli forces. In a 2018 report, Human Rights Watch (HRW) detailed a pattern of arrests, interrogations, and in some cases beatings and torture of journalists in Gaza. This pattern has continued, and journalists are especially vulnerable during moments of friction between Fatah and Hamas.

                        https://freedomhouse.org/country/gaz...edia%20outlets.
                        Atheism is the cult of death, the death of hope. The universe is doomed, you are doomed, the only thing that remains is to await your execution...

                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jbnueb2OI4o&t=3s

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Hypatia_Alexandria View Post

                          And I do not condone it. Nor do two wrongs make a right.
                          Then why did you choose to focus this thread on Israel when it's actually a problem among governments of the world? That's the bigger concern in my opinion, that this practice is so widespread, even among "free" countries.
                          Some may call me foolish, and some may call me odd
                          But I'd rather be a fool in the eyes of man
                          Than a fool in the eyes of God


                          From "Fools Gold" by Petra

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by seer View Post

                            There was never a free press in Gaza or the West Back. That is why you are a Jew hater - you only point to their sins, never the Muslims.

                            Al Jazeera is the free press.
                            "It ain't necessarily so
                            The things that you're liable
                            To read in the Bible
                            It ain't necessarily so
                            ."

                            Sportin' Life
                            Porgy & Bess, DuBose Heyward, George & Ira Gershwin

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post

                              Then why did you choose to focus this thread on Israel when it's actually a problem among governments of the world? That's the bigger concern in my opinion, that this practice is so widespread, even among "free" countries.
                              Why not? It is regularly held up as the only democracy in the region and this is not a democratic decision.

                              And some here think Israel can do no wrong..
                              "It ain't necessarily so
                              The things that you're liable
                              To read in the Bible
                              It ain't necessarily so
                              ."

                              Sportin' Life
                              Porgy & Bess, DuBose Heyward, George & Ira Gershwin

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