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Israel MP scans Journalists’ FB posts, Uproar in Tel Aviv

At a Likud gathering near Tel Aviv, Likud Party leader David Botan said he and some Likud members checked the Facebook pages of these newly-hired journalists and saw what they were writing

Journalists in India better watch what they post on their Facebook accounts. What with the Sangh Parivar worshipping Israel and its methods! It has come to light that a senior Israeli politician said he has kept tabs on senior journalists of the Israel Broadcasting Corporation, a newly-formed entity which will replace the existing national television authority.

Likud Party leader David Botan said he had seen FB posts of the journalists hired for IBC and he felt the posts showed the journalists’ left wing bias.

The Jerusalem Post reported that Bitan, the chairman of the government coalition and a Likud MP, said this on Saturday. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu had created IBC which is supposed to begin broadcasting from this month. But Bitan had been against this decision for some time. accusing that the new company happens to be ‘left wing’.

At a Likud gathering near Tel Aviv, Bitan said he and some Likud members checked the Facebook pages of these newly-hired journalists and saw what they were writing. He also told that he and his party are talking about people who are leftist. Bitan accused these journalists want to impose their own agenda on the new channel.

The Jerusalem Post reported Netanyahu is likely to reverse the IBC plan. The PM and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon formed a committee of their top staffers last week to discuss the matter.

Opposition Labor Party MPs deplored the Likud move to screen journalists’ FB posts. The Union of Journalists in Israel condemned the act as it violates the privacy of the journalists and said that they will ask the Attorney-General to investigate the legality of Bitan’s actions.

Unlike in Israel, the Sangh Parivar keeps a close eye on facebook and twitter and has its own army of trolls who are adept at obfuscating anything under the sun and attacking journalists not sympathetic to their view by abusing them. Also unlike Israel, the Central government in India doesn’t offer any legal remedy against trolling.

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