MKs to discuss 'Yair Lapid Bill' with Israel Press Council

June 16, 2011 19:13

The "Yair Lapid Bill" will be brought to a vote by the Israel Press Council after being discussed by the Knesset Constitution Law and Justice Committee, committee chair David Rotem announced on Thursday.

The bill, proposed by MK Ronit Tirosh (Kadima) and MK Carmel Shama-Hacohen (Likud) calls for anyone who runs for Knesset that works in the media to resign from his job at least six months before elections, and is nicknamed the "Yair Lapid Bill," because it came shortly after Lapid, son of the late Shinui leader Yosef (Tommy) Lapid and a popular news anchor and columnist, hinted last summer that he was interested in politics. The committee debated the bill earlier this year.

The Israel Press Council invited Rotem, Tirosh and Shama-Hacohen to the meeting, which is set for July 7. In addition MKs who used to work as journalists, such as Shelli Yacimovich and Daniel Ben-Simon of Labor, Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz), Uri Orbach (Habayit Hayehudi), Anastasia Michaeli (Israel Beiteinu) and Nino Abesadze (Kadima), were invited.

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