Likud minister Akunis gives up IBA authority to protest PM’s lack of support

Science, Technology, and Space Minister Ophir Akunis resigned as the minister in charge of the Israel Broadcasting Authority Saturday to protest against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s intention to amend the Public Broadcasting Law. Netanyahu announced Friday that he would work toward amending a controversial clause inserted into the new law that would prevent IBA journalists from broadcasting their personal opinions.

Akunis expressed outrage that Netanyahu did not support him when he was under fire regarding the amendment and did not even inform him before he released the statement opposing the clause.

“The clause was never intended, at any stage, to forbid expressing opinions on radio programs,” Akunissaid. “Its only purpose was to sharpen existing ethical standards in news broadcasts. The law was not intended to silence anyone.”


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