In favor of freedom of expression and pluralism, but…

After the proposed law whereby newspapers cannot be foreign owned in Israel, also another proposal is targeting free newspapers in the country.

Marina Solodkin, a member of the opposition Kadima party in the Israel parliament Knesset wants to limit the free distribution of newspapers to no more than a year.

Solodkin told Israel National News:

I am in favor of freedom of expression and pluralism, but in the current situation, there is a danger of centralization – one paper for the lower classes that want a free newspaper, and one for the upper classes. (…) Maariv is in danger of folding. There must be fair competition; it is unfair if a newspaper can cause another to close because it’s given out for free. This is what I am trying to prevent.

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