Israeli communications minister orders return of seized camera equipment to AP


Israel’s communications minister ordered the government to return a camera and broadcasting equipment it had seized from the The Associated Press, reversing course hours after blocking the news organization’s live video of Gaza.

The government seized the AP equipment from a location in southern Israel after accusing it of violating a new media law by providing images to the satellite channel Al Jazeera.

Israeli officials used the new law on May 5 to close down the Israel offices Qatar-based Al Jazeera, confiscating its equipment, banning its broadcasts and blocking its websites.

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