World Bulletin/News Desk
The Palestinian government announced on Thursday that they banned the Israeli media from broadcasting in Gaza.
The Press Office of the Palestinian government issued a statement that Israeli media can no longer broadcast news from Gaza.
The Palestinian government urged the media organs to obey the ban, warning of legal responsibility otherwise.
The broadcast ban includes the newly-opened i24 NEWS, broadcasting news in Arabic, English and French languages.
Palestinian Chief Prosecutor Ismail Jaber also ruled to temporarily close the offices of three media companies, including the Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television and Palestinian local news agency Maan.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Palestinian Interior Ministry Spokesperson Islam Shahwan said the step was temporary, taken due to the lawsuit filed by the Gazan government and several Palestinians against the two media organs for their alleged "broadcast of fabricated news," until an investigation was concluded.
The Maan News Agency, referring to Israeli sources, claimed that Muslim Brotherhood leaders were hiding in Gaza.
Palestine Information Ministry condemns broadcast ban
The Palestine Information Ministry condemned the broadcast ban by saying "Closure of Al-Arabiyye TV and Maan news agency offices in Gaza is dealing blow to freedom of opinion and expression."
"Hamas surprised us with this decision which does not serve the country's interests. Closure of Al-Arabiyye TV and Maan news agency offices in Gaza is dealing blow to freedom of opinion and expression. It is contrary to the traditions and customs of the press" said a statement issued by the ministry.
The ministry urged Hamas to reverse the decision.
Hamas had closed local Al-Arabiya office for ‘false’ reporting of Gaza authority helping fugitive Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leaders.Güncelleme Tarihi: 26 Temmuz 2013, 10:49