In a significant move, Israel’s security cabinet has voted to shut down the Lebanese satellite news station Al Mayadeen, known for its affiliation with Hezbollah.
This decision, spearheaded by Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and Communications Minister Shlomo Karhi, aligns with emergency regulations enacted last month, empowering the Israeli government to close foreign news outlets deemed a threat to national security.
Karhi, initially targeting the Qatari-based Al Jazeera network, shifted focus to Al Mayadeen, citing its broadcasts as detrimental to Israel’s national security and aligning with the interests of Israel’s adversaries.
The closure involves blocking Al Mayadeen’s online operations in Israel and seizing its broadcasting equipment.
This move marks the first application of the new emergency regulations. The decision, subject to a district court’s review within three days, can be extended in 30-day increments.