Israel Latest Country to Ban Al Jazeera after Saudi, UAE, Jordan and Egypt


Israel has joined a list of countries that have banned Al Jazeera, including Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Egypt. The decision to ban the network is seen as a significant move against press freedom, particularly given Al Jazeera’s contentious relationship with these countries in the past.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the decision, labeling Al Jazeera as an “incitement channel” that will be closed in Israel. Ofir Gendelman, the prime minister’s spokesperson, stated that the closure would be implemented immediately, with the network’s broadcasts and websites being blocked.

The decision to ban Al Jazeera in Israel has sparked criticism from media rights groups and the international community. The Foreign Press Association in Israel described it as “a dark day for democracy,” while the Committee to Protect Journalists called it “an extremely alarming precedent for restricting international media outlets.”

In Saudi Arabia and the UAE, Al Jazeera has faced criticism for its coverage of regional events and its perceived bias in favor of Islamist movements. The network’s reporting on issues such as the Arab Spring and the conflict in Yemen has drawn particular ire from these governments.

In Egypt, Al Jazeera was banned following the 2013 military overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. The network was accused of supporting the Brotherhood and spreading false information, leading to the closure of its offices and the arrest of several journalists.

The Qatari government, which funds Al Jazeera, has also been a source of tension with these countries. Qatar’s support for groups like Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, has drawn criticism from its neighbors and has been cited as a reason for the network’s ban in these countries.

Al Jazeera has defended its reporting as independent and unbiased, in a statement it vowed that it would “pursue all available legal channels through international legal institutions in its quest to protect both its rights and journalists, as well as the public’s right to information.”

Critics of the network argue that its funding and political ties undermine its credibility.

Gerald Omondi
Gerald Omondi
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