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Israeli minister apologises after threatening death penalty for 'fake news'

Kara apologised on Twitter, saying he was speaking figuratively [Getty]

Date of publication: 13 January, 2018

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An Israeli minister who previously said that those broadcasting fake news are bringing themselves a death sentence has backtracked and said his comments were misunderstood.
Israel's minister of communications has apologised over what he says were misinterpreted comments warning that broadcasting "fake news" warrants capital punishment.

Ayoob Kara, of Prime Minister Binyamin 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 on Friday at a Likud party retreat.

He later apologised 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 the 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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