Israel’s seizure of AP equipment shows slippery slope of censorship

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Israel seized equipment from the Associated Press this week, shutting down its Gaza video feed, based on claims that it provided images to Al Jazeera. The equipment was later returned. "Press gather outside SDNY on the eve of Trump's indictment" by SWinxy is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 DEED

Freedom of the Press Foundation (FPF) Director of Advocacy Seth Stern wrote for The Hill about why Israel’s recent seizure of equipment from the Associated Press previews what might soon be coming to the U.S.

"Fortunately, Israel quickly reversed course after pressure from the U.S. and press organizations. But the ordeal should serve as a cautionary tale for President Biden and U.S. lawmakers and prosecutors. They keep empowering future administrations to harass the media — apparently trusting them, against all historical evidence, to use restraint."

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