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UPDATED: AP statement on Israel’s shutdown of live shot

, by Lauren Easton

The Associated Press issued this statement Tuesday after the Israeli government shut down an AP live feed and seized AP equipment:

The Associated Press decries in the strongest terms the actions of the Israeli government to shut down our longstanding live feed showing a view into Gaza and seize AP equipment.
The shutdown was not based on the content of the feed but rather an abusive use by the Israeli government of the country’s new foreign broadcaster law.
We urge the Israeli authorities to return our equipment and enable us to reinstate our live feed immediately so we can continue to provide this important visual journalism to thousands of media outlets around the world.

UPDATED 3:35 p.m. ET Tuesday, after Israeli officials ordered the equipment be returned:

“While we are pleased with this development, we remain concerned about the Israeli government’s use of the foreign broadcaster law and the ability of independent journalists to operate freely in Israel.”

Read the AP news story.