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Israeli forces storm, shut down Hebron radio station

Nov. 3, 2015 10:09 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 4, 2015 9:52 A.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Tuesday morning stormed the offices of a Palestinian radio station in Hebron, where they destroyed equipment and ordered the station's closure, in the latest violation of press freedoms in the occupied Palestinian territory.

Manbar al-Hurriyya (Freedom Tribune) radio station, which is reportedly affiliated with Fatah, wrote on its website that Israeli forces had destroyed equipment inside the offices and confiscated other equipment.

The soldiers then issued a military order notifying employees that the station was to be closed and its broadcast banned.

The Israeli army said in a statement that the station was shut down "as part of the ongoing battle against incitement."

It continued: "Forces confiscated broadcasting equipment in order to prevent the incitement which has caused a flare of violence in the region over recent weeks."

It accused the radio station of encouraging "stabbing attacks" and "violent riots," and reporting "false and malicious claims of security forces executing and kidnapping Palestinians in order to provoke violence."

The statement said that Israeli forces had shut down the station twice before, in 2002 and again in 2008.

The incident comes a day after a Palestinian press freedoms watchdog condemned more than 450 violations of media freedoms since the beginning of the year.

The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms, known as MADA, said in a statement that it "condemns the ongoing violence against Palestinian journalists by the Israeli Occupying Forces," including more than 100 violations in October alone.

It said that "continued impunity with lack of accountability" encouraged Israeli forces "to commit more crimes and assaults."

The watchdog said that while press violations had not reached last year's proportions, when 17 Palestinian journalists were killed by Israeli forces in Gaza, violations had "witnessed an enormous escalation this year."

The group called for accountability, but also for "preventing censorship and persecution of journalists and activists regarding their opinions and comments on social media."

Billy Bragg / UK
That's good, the good shopkeepers who have had to close their businesses down, because of information and directions to riots, do not need a radio station broadcasting sedition.
03/11/2015 10:58
Kathy P / USA
Silence the press... And only then can your propaganda have no opposing view.. Such a sick and lost society...
03/11/2015 11:07
Tanias Titz / Austria
The IDF forces that shut down the Hamas Al-Hurriya radio station in Hebron Tuesday over broadcasts inciting Palestinians to carry out knife attacks on Israelis. Because in the past month, 29 terrorist attacks were staged in the Hebron area, of which 22 were stabbing.
03/11/2015 11:37
Kelly / Ireland
@ Kathy P / USA your post being published, proves their is no ''silence the press'' in progress, by the State of Israel. But thanks for your biased, bigoted and Israel bashing point of view.
03/11/2015 16:26
Devey / usa
This is that tactic of a regime that oppresses millions of people and denies them their freedom. Israel, like South Africa did, will have to give up on apartheid.
03/11/2015 17:53
Carlos / usa
israeli trolls paid to lie and claim to be from Austria and UK. israel does not believe in freedom of speech unless it is hate speech. Netanyahu should not complain about incitement after claiming the Palestinians planned the holocaust in a Jewish state. Even zionists condemned Netanyahu's lies.
03/11/2015 18:29
@ Kathy / USA
PALESTINIAN radio and TV stations from the world, and
03/11/2015 18:52
Concerned American / USA
The only Democracy in the Middle East? More like one of the sickest societies in the world, sponsored by the USA. I wonder how Republicans would support Israel now, if they knew their society was trampling on basic freedoms we hold so near and dear to our heart.
03/11/2015 19:11
Outlier / USA
Big difference between news and incitement.
03/11/2015 19:27
Concerned American / USA
Big differences Outlier between a country that purports to be a democracy, when in reality they are practicing apartheid. Huge differences. And if it is incitement you are after, look towards the PM of Israel and his gang of bandits. End the military occupation. Democracies, do not occupy.
03/11/2015 22:15
Tom / USA
It would be funny if it wasn't so craven - shut down a radio station with "Freedom" in its name. Of course 48 years of draconian occupation, and 70, years of denial of the inalienable rights of Palestinians wouldn't have anything to do with individual Palestinians standing up and saying ENOUGH.
04/11/2015 19:38
adam / england
The Jews went to the middle east when they were getting hunted down and killed in Europe..they was welcomed but took over with help and killed and killed just like the Americans done with the natives. In life what goes around comes around and soon all you evil nations will get whats coming for you.
06/11/2015 18:39
Mary / UK
STOP STOP STOP what do you think you are doing you Israelis? I once encountered an Israeli who boasted that he would push every Palestinian off "his" land and into the sea.. I replied it wasn't his land, and that really set him off! Deluded or what?
09/11/2015 16:31
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