Al Jazeera news vowed to continue reporting on “events of occupied Palestinian territories professionally and accurately,” despite official plans by Israel to shut down its offices in Jerusalem.
Israel confirmed that it would revoke media credentials of Al Jazeera journalists and close the network’s office in Jerusalem reports Al Jazeera news.
“We have based our decision on the move by Sunni Arab states to close the Al Jazeera offices and prohibiting their work,” said Israel’s Media Minister Ayoub Kara.
Speaking at a press brief on Sunday he added,
“I will go through legislator mechanism to create the authority in which I can act freely. We will try to end it as quickly as possible.”
The news broadcaster denounced the country’s decision in a statement shortly after.
“Al Jazeera stresses that it will closely watch the developments that may result from the Israeli decision, and will take the necessary legal measures towards it. Al Jazeera will continue to cover the events of occupied Palestinian territories professionally and accurately, according to the standers set by international agencies such as the UK office of Communications. (Ofcom),” the statement read.
The network’s offices in the Palestinian territories of Gaza and the West Bank city of Rammallah, would not be affected by the current Israeli move.
In recent months, Saudi Arabia and Jordan shut down Al Jazeera bureaus as part fo a economic campaign against Qatar.