Intimidating, repressing, and controlling the media has been an Israeli goal for many years now. They use all kinds of subtle tactics, now being stepped up further. In fairness Israel isn't the only country that puts various kinds of pressures and restrictions on journalists, academics, and intellectuals. The US has in recent decades developed quite a list of subtle but increasingly repressive techniques itself.
From the Article: "The lives of Israel's foreign reporters have become bureaucratic nightmares, being forced to jump through the hoops of the Population Registry of the Interior Ministry and remain with just a tourist visa, or no visa at all, for months at a time."