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June 28, 2011

Netanyahu Rescinds Decision on Sanctioning Journalists

Prime Minister Netanyahu reverses the Government Press Office's earlier decision that it would sanction foreign journalists who report aboard the Gaza flotilla. Ha'aretz reports:

GPO director Oren Helman had announced on Sunday that any foreign journalist on the flotilla would be treated as an illegal infiltrator, meaning they would be deported and then barred from entering Israel for 10 years. But yesterday Netanyahu's bureau issued a press release rescinding that decision.

"When the matter was brought to his attention, the prime minister directed that the regular policy against infiltrators and those who enter Israel illegally not be implemented," the terse statement said. "It has also been agreed that members of the Israeli and international media will be attached to Israel Navy vessels in order to create transparency and credible coverage of the events."

Posted by TS at June 28, 2011 05:34 AM


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