Israel shuts down dovish radio station

Critics say the move is part of a broader trend in Israel to curb freedom of expression.

Last Updated: Nov 20, 2011, 15:43 PM IST

Jerusalem: Israel`s Communications Ministry says that it has ordered the shutdown of an Israeli-Palestinian radio station, saying it is broadcasting into Israel illegally.

The ministry said in a statement on Sunday that it had shut down the dovish Kol Hashalom station, which has been operating since 2004.

The station`s Israeli director Mossi Raz notes that the transmitter is located in the West Bank, not Israel, and thus should not be under Israeli authority. He says the station will go to court to try to get back on the air.

Critics say the move is part of a broader trend in Israel to curb freedom of expression.

In recent days, Cabinet ministers and lawmakers have pushed ahead proposed legislation that would block most foreign government funding for dovish groups.

Bureau Report