Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon presented the conclusions from his agreement with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu while dozens of corporation employees protested outside.
Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon at the press conference Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel, Flash 90/ Channel 2 News
Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and Shai Babad, Director General of the Israeli Ministry of Finance, held a press conference this evening following the agreement that Kahlon reached with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier today. The two met to discuss the terms of the establishment of the new Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation, known as KAN.
“Since taking office, I have stood as a protective edge in preserving democracy, the Supreme Court and the responsibility for public funds,” said Kahlon in his opening remarks. “The struggle of the past few days was a struggle for principles – not a struggle for ego.”
Kahlon said that the agreement reached with Netanyahu promises freedom of the press and free speech. “This is my job and I am fulfilling it,” Kahlon said. “As part of the agreement, there will be no political influence on any journalistic frameworks, nor will there be on the broadcasting corporation. The politicians are unequivocally out of the picture.”
Kahlon and Netanyahu reached an agreement Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel, Flash 90/ Channel 2 News
The terms of the negotiation, Kahlon explained, are as follows: “The corporation will be established, there will be no new law regarding the media and there will be no budget deviation.” He continued: “This agreement has prevented the enactment of the Communications Control Law, a law that threatened the freedom of the press and of the journalists and rightly so.”
Employees of the corporation are planning to protest this weekend outside the government compound in Jerusalem, though some have indicated that they may start today: “We are examining the legal feasibility of petitioning the High Court against the agreement,” said an employee.