This is at least one reason why the freedom of the press needs to be maintained. It is also necessary to have independent sources to counter any press being steered in any one direction by coercion
and political maneuverings.


netanyahuThe secret recording is in the hands of prosecutors, according to HaaretzCredit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

The political scandal swirling around Benjamin Netanyahu intensified on Sunday after it was reported he had been caught on tape offering financial incentives to a newspaper publisher in return for better coverage.

The Israeli prime minister spent eight hours last week being questioned by police about two separate allegations of criminal wrongdoing.

One case involves allegations that Mr Netanyahu illegally accepted cigars, suits and holidays from wealthy businessmen.

But the second and potentially more serious investigation, known as “Case 2000”, is said to involved a direct quid-pro-quo between the prime minister and a major business figure.

The Haaretz newspaper reported Sunday that the business figure was Arnon Mozes, a media tycoon, who publishes the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper.

Israeli police questioned Mr Netanyahu at his official residence in JerusalemCredit: AFP PHOTO / GALI TIBBON

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