Knesset to Vote on Bills Barring Pornography on Television

Published July 17th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

The Knesset is set to vote Tuesday afternoon on two bills intended to prevent the broadcasting of pornographic channels by cable and satellite television companies, said Haaretz newspaper.  

The intention of the vote is to incorporated the two bills into a provision of the Bezeq Law, which is aimed at opening up the telecommunications sector for competition. The matter will be held to a second and third vote next week.  

MKs Michael Eitan and Yigal Bibi proposed the bills, said the paper.  

The first bill, Eitan’s, would enable a smart card to be used in order to filter out pornographic material, while the second bill, by Bibi, would prevent the broadcast of pornographic channels.  

As a result of the bills being incorporated into the provision, the Shas and NRP parties withdrew their requests that the revision also include the licensing of the pirate stations that currently broadcast weekly sermons by Shas Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef and Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu, who is close to the NRP – Albwaba.com 

 


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