Is­rael min­is­ter apol­o­gizes for ‘fake news’ com­ments

The Standard (St. Catharines) - - WORLD NEWS -

JERUSALEM — Is­rael’s min­is­ter of com­mu­ni­ca­tions has apol­o­gized over what he says were mis­in­ter­preted com­ments warn­ing that broad­cast­ing “fake news” war­rants cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment.

Ay­oob Kara, of Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu’s Likud party, had said “all those bring­ing fake news are bring­ing upon them­selves a death sen­tence.”

It was not clear who or what Kaya was re­fer­ring to in his re­marks Fri­day at a Likud party re­treat. He later apol­o­gized on Twit­ter, say­ing he was speak­ing fig­u­ra­tively and meant that false re­ports re­sult in fewer con­sumers for me­dia out­lets.

Ne­tanyahu has also lashed out at me­dia over the past year, dis­miss­ing some cov­er­age of in­ves­ti­ga­tions into cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions sur­round­ing him as “fake news.”

The long-rul­ing Is­raeli leader has de­nied any wrong­do­ing and calls the ac­cu­sa­tions a witch hunt or­ches­trated by a hos­tile me­dia.

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