Barak Ravid
Barak Ravid
Photo: Adi Orni
Barak Ravid

Prominent journalist, Netanyahu critic, loses TV job

Channel 13 diplomatic correspondent among nearly 40 people who received dismissal letters from station, close associates suspect political motive behind firing

Associated Press |
Published: 07.05.20 , 23:39
A prominent journalist known for breaking diplomatic scoops and critical coverage of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received notice Sunday he was being dismissed.
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  • Barak Ravid, Channel 13 TV’s diplomatic correspondent, was among nearly 40 people who received dismissal letters from the station.
    Barak Ravid Barak Ravid
    Barak Ravid
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    Ravid has gained a reputation for breaking stories about Israel’s relations with the U.S., the European Union and other foreign partners. His reporting has upset Netanyahu at times, and the prime minister has publicly rebuked Ravid in the past.
    In recent months, Ravid has had exclusive interviews with White House adviser Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s top Mideast adviser, and the foreign minister of Bahrain, an Arab country that does not have diplomatic relations with Israel. He also writes for the online news site “Axios,” and is known as a key source of information among Washington insiders and Mideast experts.
    Axios national political reporter tweeted Ravid may find he has a bigger home at that organization.
    Jonathan Swan Twitter post backing Barak Ravid Jonathan Swan Twitter post backing Barak Ravid
    Jonathan Swan Twitter post backing Barak Ravid
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    A person familiar with the situation on Channel 13 said Ravid’s dismissal letter cited him for having poor “professional results.” The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were discussing a personnel matter.
    Noa Landau, the diplomatic correspondent at the Haaretz daily and a friend of Ravid, said on Twitter that the dismissal has the “scent of a political assassination.”
    In a statement to Haaretz, Channel 13 said it was dealing with a financial streamlining process that has forced it to “bid farewell to outstanding professionals.” It said the process could be continued “within the organization, not outside it,” due to privacy concerns.

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