UN stresses importance of press freedom as Israel shuts Al Jazeera


The United Nations, UN, has underscored the importance of press freedom following Israel’s decision to close broadcaster Al Jazeera’s operations in the country.

The UN spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, in New York said they stood firmly against any decision to roll back freedom of the press.

“A free press provides an invaluable service to ensure that the public is informed and engaged,” he said.

Saga Gist recalls that Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his Cabinet had unanimously voted to close broadcaster Al Jazeera’s operations in Israel.

The move came after Israeli lawmakers approved a new media law widely referred to as the “Al Jazeera law” that gives the government powers to ban foreign broadcasters if they are deemed a risk to state security.

Meanwhile, Al Jazeera has decried the Israeli decision and vowed to pursue “all avenues” available to protect its rights and employees

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