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        1/30/2012, Shevat 6, 5772

      Shai Complains to CNN About Firing Israelis

      Member of Knesset Nachman Shai wrote a letter to Vice President Tony Maddox, in charge of CNN International, Monday, in response to information he had received that the first local layoffs made by the cable news network were three Israeli citizens with journalistic roles, while non-Israelis, including Palestinian Authority office staff were not fired.

      Demanding equality and the application of professional journalistic principles in the network's work in Israel, the former Israel Defense Forces spokesman wrote, "Exclusion of Israeli workers may cause a negative trend towards the international network's coverage of Israel. As someone involved in media in the past, including a role as a member of Knesset, I see with great concern the decision of CNN, which looks like discrimination against Israeli civilians in employment versus non-Israelis."