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(Apr 02, 2008) On March 10, 2008, the Knesset (Parliament) passed the Election (Means of Propaganda) (Amendment No. 24) Law, 5768-2008. The amendment shortens by a third the duration of free broadcasts allocated for election propaganda by radio and television; it also shortens the total broadcast period allowed from three weeks to two. The broadcasts are to be allocated equally to the candidate lists, with additional time allotted to candidates already in the outgoing Knesset. Free broadcasting is a part of indirect government financing of national elections. The respective political parties are also entitled to receive direct governmental financing as well as non-governmental financing in connection with their candidate lists, subject to regulation prescribed by law.

According to the explanatory notes of the bill, the Law is based on the assumption that the efficacy of propaganda broadcasts in convincing voters does not justify the formerly allocated length of broadcast time and expense involved. (Election (Means of Propaganda) (Amendment No. 24) Law, 5768-2008, and the 2007 bill, Knesset Web site, (last visited Mar. 12, 2008).)

Author: Ruth Levush More by this author
Topic: Elections and politics More on this topic
Jurisdiction: Israel More about this jurisdiction

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Last updated: 04/02/2008