(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)
Following his meeting with the Ukranian Prime Minister Victor Yanukovych, Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom answered questions from reporters. Regarding the kidnapping of CNN producer Riad Ali, FM Shalom said:
Israel calls for the immediate release of Riad Ali. He is a citizen of the State of Israel and we are doing all that we can to bring him home safely. Ultimate responsibility lies with the Palestinian Authority. It should put an end to this incident immediately.
Freedom of the press is a supreme value for Israel and for democracies around the world. This is not the first time that the PA has used violence or the threat of violence in an effort to influence coverage. This incident is further evidence of the anarchy that exists within the PA.
Again, we call for the immediate release of Riad Ali, an Israeli citizen, a journalist, just doing his job.