Monday, November 21, 2011

Broadcast Hypocrisy

The news is that

Israel Shuts Down Dovish Radio Station

Israel has ordered the shutdown of a dovish Israeli-Palestinian radio station, officials and the station's operators said on Sunday. The station and other critics said the move was politically motivated, and part of a broader assault on democracy by conservative forces in the government.

Could that be true?

Of course, there are those that are always "high-profiling" themselves:

Conservative lawmaker Danny Danon boasted that he had helped close the "All for Peace" radio station. Danon, a member of Netanyahu's Likud Party, claimed the Communications Ministry shuttered the station at his request, after he claimed it "incited" against Israel. "A radical leftist station that becomes an instrument of incitement must not be allowed to broadcast to the broader public," Danon said.

But, perhaps there was a matter of illegality? Of a license?

Israel's communications ministry confirmed it issued the order, and said the station was broadcasting into Israel illegally.
The ministry, headed by a Likud Cabinet minister, said in a statement that the station's Hebrew-language broadcasts inside Israel were "economically damaging local radio franchisees." It did not mention the issue of incitement.

So, there was a legal problem and I am sure that if a court becomes involved we will know.

But I found this funny:

Mossi Raz, the Israeli director of the station, said that it transmits from the West Bank where it is not subject to Israeli law.

Why funny?

Well, where do you think the Arutz 7 radio broadcast from (even though there were boosters inside the Green Line)? And Abie Natan's Voice of Peace really broadcast from ov'r the waves? Who is kidding whom?



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