“Under Police Probe, Israel’s Netanyahu Leaves Helm of Communications Ministry”

In Human Rights, Politics by Dusty Croghan

“Netanyahu has often accused Israeli media of being biased against him and in recent weeks accused it of being part of a left-wing plot to overthrow his right-wing government.”

“The liberal daily Haaretz and Channel 2 television reported in January that Netanyahu discussed with Yedioth Ahronoth’s owner a deal for better coverage in return for curbs on competition from a free paper owned by U.S. casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, a staunch supporter of the veteran prime minister.

Haaretz said the conversations were recorded in the run-up to the March 2015 election at Netanyahu’s request by a then-staff member, and the tapes were seized by police in a separate investigation.

According to excerpts leaked to Channel Two from a transcript of the conversations, the prime minister told the newspaper publisher: “We’re talking about moderation, about reasonable reporting, to lower the level of hostility toward me from 9.5 to 7.5.””

http://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-02-17/under-police-probe-israels-netanyahu-leaves-helm-of-communications-ministry