Mar. 13, 2016
The IDF shut down a radio station that had been broadcasting incitement. The Ramallah-based Palestine Today was affiliated with Palestinian Islamic Jihad. The army confiscated transmitters and other equipment.
After the International Federation of Journalists denounced Israel, “condemning this brutal attack against free press,” Knesset member Yair Lapid — a former journalist — slammed the IFJ.
In a letter to Boumelha on Saturday, Lapid wrote: “Yesterday, after the channel was closed down members of the military wing of Islamic Jihad held a rally protesting the closure. Islamic Jihad used Palestine Today to incite against Israel and encourage others to carry out attacks. The manager of station has been convicted of being a member of Palestinian Islamic Jihad. The connection is so patently obvious that it calls into question your motives in condemning Israel’s actions.”
He added that “freedom of the press does not extend to terrorist propaganda and to those who incite to murder. The content on Palestine Today would not pass the editorial guidelines of any of your members. I was a journalist for over three decades; this isn’t journalism. This isn’t free speech, this is hate speech. You are not defending press freedom; you are defending incitement to murder.”