President Shimon Peres met on Monday with representatives of Channel 10's management and workers, promising to protect Channel 10's interests as it is his obligation as the President of a democratic state to protect the freedom of the press.

"There is no true freedom of expression without a full, broad, and pluralistic press in Israel," he said.

The beleaguered Channel 10 has won a temporary reprieve on Monday when a ministerial committee approved a legislation that, if approved by the Knesset, will extend the channel's license. Experts in broadcasting and finance, however, say is merely a delaying tactic until the plug is pulled forever.

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