(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The Ministerial Committee for Legislation will vote Sunday on a bill that would
shift the government’s advertising from print newspapers to websites.
government spends hundreds of thousands of shekels annually on advertisements
for available jobs, tenders and death notices. Many of the ads are required by
law to be published.
Knesset Economics Committee head Carmel
Shama-Hacohen (Likud), who sponsored the bill, said it would save the government
money while helping protect the environment by not wasting
Shama-Hacohen countered criticism that the bill would harm
newspapers financially by saying the government would take out ads in websites
run by the same newspapers the ads run in nowadays. A similar bill was voted
down a year ago.
But now the bill has added significance because it comes
to a vote following several steps seen as targeting media outlets by the
government and shortly after Shama-Hacohen’s committee decided against taking
measures that could prevent the closure of Channel 10.