Netanyahu kills a TV channel that dared criticize his government

Netanyahu’s vengeance sends a message to Israeli journalists
Coalition members bring down the ax on the channel, sending its workers to the unemployment line because of a minor technicality.
By Yossi VerterTags: Knesset Benjamin Netanyahu

A typical 40 minutes late, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a group of his advisers entered the Likud faction’s room in the Knesset on Monday, smiles of victory on their faces. In the nearby Knesset Economic Affairs Committee room lay the metaphorical body of Channel 10.

A short while earlier, coalition members had brought down the ax on the channel, sending its workers to the unemployment line because of a minor technicality, refusing to postpone a debt of some NIS 45 million.

This is social justice in the Netanyahu era: There will always be work for 38 ministers and deputy ministers, but for a news company that dared to annoy some of those ministers – particularly the prime minister and his wife, who, as we know, are beyond reproach – there is no future and no hope.

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