Controversial ‘no opinions’ article added to new public broadcast law

The Knesset passed the law dismantling the Israel Broadcast Authority and forming a public corporation instead, with 25 in favor and 18 opposed, and a controversial amendment banning the expression of personal opinions was added to it overnight Wednesday.

The provision was added by MK Yisrael Eichler (UTJ) in the bill’s second reading, in which MKs vote on whether to include legislators’ reservations about the bill.

It states that broadcasts should “avoid one-sidedness, prejudice, expressing personal opinions, giving grades and affixing labels, ignoring facts or selectively emphasizing them not according to their newsworthiness.” Eichler said he based the text on the “Nakdi Document,” a part of the IBA ethical code from 1972 to 2013.


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