GPO to Revoke Al Jazeera Correspondent’s Press Card



August 25, 2017

GPO to Revoke Al Jazeera Correspondent’s Press Card

Government Press Office (GPO) Director Nitzan Chen, last Wednesday, 16 August 2017, decided to revoke the GPO card of senior Al Jazeera Jerusalem correspondent Elias Karram, pending a hearing.

In a 26 May 2016 interview with the Muslim Brotherhood television channel, “Dar al-Iman”, the contents of which were delivered to the GPO this week, along with additional material, by Communications Minister Ayoob Kara and Ofir Gendelman, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman for the Arab Media, Karram said (inter alia): “As a Palestinian journalist in an occupied area or in a conflict zone, media work is an integral part of the resistance and its educational political activity. The journalist fulfills his role in the opposition with the pen, voice or camera because he is part of this people and he carries out resistance in his unique way.”

These remarks call into question the ability of Karram, the representative of a foreign network, to cover – as a professional journalist – the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in which, according to his own words, he is taking an active part.

It should be noted that Communications Minister Kara recently contacted GPO Director Chen and requested that the press cards of Al Jazeera personnel in Israel be revoked on the grounds that the network was inciting and agitating to violence in a way that harmed the security of the state.

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