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PA asks Attorney General to shut down 13 local radio, TV stations

Jan. 9, 2017 10:43 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 10, 2017 3:07 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Officials of the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) Ministry of Information sent an official request to the office of the attorney general on Monday asking to shut down 13 local radio and TV stations who are allegedly operating without a license.

The ministry's director general in the northern occupied West Bank, Majid Kittana, told Ma'an that the ministry asked the attorney general to shut down eight local radio stations and five TV stations. He highlighted that in general, 75 radio stations and 15 TV stations were currently operating across the West Bank.

Kittana explained that the 13 stations to be shut down were operating without applying for a license from the ministry. The ministry, he added, warned them and gave them enough time to "set straight" their legal status.

Kittana concluded by saying that “the ministry and other relevant authorities have agreed to make the licensing process fast and easy.” 

Under former Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, the Ministry of Information was dissolved in 2010 and turned into what was instead called “the higher council for information.” However, the ministry's employees remained in their positions and continued to receive salary slips featuring Ministry of Information in the letterhead.
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