Israel shuts down dovish radio station

2011-11-20 16:16

Jerusalem - Israel's communications ministry says that it has ordered the shut-down of an Israeli-Palestinian radio station, saying it is broadcasting into Israel illegally.

The ministry said in a statement on Sunday that it had shut down the dovish Kol Hashalom station, which has been operating since 2004.

The station's Israeli director Mossi Raz notes that the transmitter is located in the West Bank, not Israel, and thus should not be under Israeli authority. He says the station will go to court to try to get back on the air.

Critics say the move is part of a broader trend in Israel to curb freedom of expression.

In recent days, Cabinet ministers and lawmakers have pushed ahead proposed legislation that would block most foreign government funding for anti-war groups.

  • goyougoodthing - 2011-11-20 17:14

    You haven't seen bad until you see these bullies.

  • Jaba - 2011-11-21 07:53

    I don’t always agree with Israel... and this is one of those times...freedom of expression must extend in both directions; even Lunatics who call for Israel’s destruction should have their say like everyone else. The only "democracy" in the Middle East must stand firm - and must protect the right of the stations that call for violence against Israel - I know it sounds absurd - but such is democracy.

      Barry - 2011-11-21 19:33

      @Jaba. Great comment. Democracy is the only way.

  • Fred - 2011-11-21 10:01

    Jaba you raise an interesting point. However at what price does this freedom come. I believe that a price for freeddom and even peace can be too high to pay. Such examples would certainly be those calling for your total destruction and death.

  • Barry - 2011-11-21 18:18

    I think it shows that Israel don't want people on both sides to have the same opinion. Come on it is just a dovish station not a radical one.

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