Anti-Israel Today bill proposed

Israel Today 2012Six members from the Israeli parliament, representing different parties (Labor, Yisrael Beytenu, Bayit Yehudi, Hatnua, Shas and Yesh Atid), have proposed a bill that would, in their words “strengthen written journalism in Israel and ensure equal and fair conditions of competition between newspapers”.

Eitan Cabel (labor) said that “Free newspapers also hurt journalism as well as pluralism and democracy in Israel.”

The bill is complicated, it “applies only to the four newspapers with the highest circulation (…) The lowest-priced newspaper of the four cannot cost less than 70 percent of the second-lowest-priced paper.”

It is clearly aimed at Israel Today, the largest (and free) newspaper in the country that supports Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. (Jerusalem Post)

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