Israel Democracy Institute: Channel 10 cannot be closed

December 16, 2012 17:36


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The Israel Democracy Institute said in a statement on Sunday that the closure of Channel 10 is a "violation of pluralist ideas and opinions in Israel, and Israeli democracy as a whole."

Commenting on the "bureaucratic barriers" erected by the Prime Minister's Office, the domestic policy think tank said Israeli television must have more than one commercial channel in order to maintain a functioning, independent media outlet.

The IDI added that telecommunications should act as a watchdog of public officials for the common good, without any connection to a particular viewpoint or party, and not be the darling pet of politicians.

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