Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Netanyahu ordered special treatment for journalists in the flotilla headed for Gaza

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered all agencies to prepare for the arrival of the next flotilla to Gaza to give "special treatment" for foreign journalists after the threats uttered on Sunday the head of the Office Press of Israel. According to a statement from the prime minister, when he learned of the warnings the Government Press Office (GPO) had made to foreign journalists who thought joining the fleet, "ordered that they are not normal to apply the policy applies anyone who enters Israel illegally.

" Netanyahu" the note said, "has ordered that a special rule is defined," an apparent reference to non-detained and then expelled. Last Sunday, the GPO, an agency under the Prime Minister warned journalists that ship in the fleet headed for Gaza is a violation of Israeli law and can drag penalties.

"Participation in the fleet is a violation of Israeli law and is likely to lead to its participants being denied entry into the State of Israel for ten years, the confiscation of their equipment and additional sanctions," reads the letter from the GPO. The Foreign Press Association in Israel criticized the "threats" and considered that sent "a chilling message to the international media and raises serious questions about Israel's commitment to press freedom." And urged the Israeli government to "reverse its decision immediately." Netanyahu, who seeks to address a crisis between the Government and the international media even before it reaches the fleet, also ensures that Israel will ensure coverage "transparent" and "credible." "He has agreed to allow Israeli and international journalists to address the Navy ships (Israeli) to provide transparency and credible coverage of the facts," reads the note the prime minister.

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