Deri boosts freedom of press, canceling British Mandate-era Press Ordinance

Interior Minister Arye Deri made a historic move to increase Israel’s freedom of the press Thursday, canceling a British Mandate-era requirement of a government- issued license to publish a newspaper.

Deri proposed legislation by which the 1933 Press Ordinance would be repealed. Instead, if his bill passes, the Attorney-General’s Office will handle extreme cases, such as harm to national security and public welfare.


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