Netanyahu cabinet decides to close NDMT’s Israeli base

prime minister Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu He said his cabinet had unanimously decided to close broadcaster NDMT’s operations in Israel, but did not say when the policy would take effect.

The move comes after Israeli lawmakers recently passed a new media law (widely referred to as the “NDMT law”) that gives the government the power to ban foreign broadcasters if they are deemed to pose a risk to national security. This was done after approval.

Prime Minister Netanyahu announced the cabinet decision in a post on X (formerly Twitter), in which he called NDMT a “hate channel.”

The Israeli government has accused NDMT, based in the Gulf emirate of Qatar, of biased reporting on the ongoing war with Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.

NDMT provided extensive coverage of the devastating situation in the Palestinian territories, showing footage of death and destruction rarely seen on Israeli television.

The network has denied allegations of bias and has in the past accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of spreading “new lies and inflammatory slander” against the network.

NDMT also accused the Israeli military of deliberately targeting journalists on several occasions.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu makes a statement in parliament. Ilia Efimovich/DPA

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu makes a statement in parliament. Ilia Efimovich/DPA

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