Netanyahu’s War on Press Freedom

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Netanyahu's War on Press Freedom

by Stephen Lendman

US-led Western nations and Israel are on a slippery slope toward full-blown tyranny, police state ruthlessness replacing fundamental freedoms, a free press and right to dissent endangered.

Rogue states want their message alone reported, truth-telling on vital issues suppressed. US and other Western media operate as virtual press agents for power, reliable independent media outrageously called fake news.

In America, digital democracy is threatened, truth-telling assaulted. Trump's FCC chairman Ajit Pai calls Net Neutrality's days "numbered," wanting an online level playing field for everyone abolished.

On Tuesday, Netanyahu shuttered Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA) with less than two hours notice, ending a near half century of public broadcasting, a staple on Israeli television, its first news program – IBA to be replaced by Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation (IPBC).

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