Jerusalem - Report: Charges Of Extortion At Charedi Israeli News Site
Jerusalem - Israeli new site Bâ€™Chadrei Chareidim has gone from reporting the news to becoming the subject of the news as police converged on the Tel Aviv offices of the news site at 9 AM this morning, placing three senior members of the web site under arrest on charges of blackmail and extortion.
Israeli police say that todayâ€™s arrests are part of a continuing investigation into the news site and that they anticipate that additional arrests will be made.
According to reports in numerous Israeli news sources, police are investigating reports that several people were told that negative stories that had been posted about them would be removed in exchange for payment.
Employees at the news site were in complete shock after this morningâ€™s arrests, with one employee saying that he was sure this morningâ€™s events were nothing more than an April Fools Day prank.
â€śI have heard at least ten versions of what happened here,â€ť one employee told Israeli news source Ynet. â€śI have no idea what to believe and we literally do not understand what is going on.â€ť
Police placed a media ban on details of the investigation.
Bâ€™Chadrei Chareidim was founded approximately ten years ago by Dovid Rottenberg as a forum for the Chareidi community but eventually evolved into a news site and was bought out by the Global Networks group in 2007.
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