Netanyahu must divulge list of talks with Israel Hayom owner

Jerusalem court sides with Channel 10 in petition to prove long-alleged Israel Hayom bias toward the Prime Minister.

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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu must supply a complete list of his conversations with American businessman and Israel Hayom owner Sheldon Adelson, the Jerusalem District Court ruled Wednesday. 

The decision, which also includes Netanyahu's conversation with the paper's editor, Amos Regev, came after a petition filed by Channel 10 reporter Raviv Drucker.

In the petition, lawyers Yonatan Berman and Uri Edelstein argued that Netanyahu's talks with the upper echelon of Israel Hayom should be made public as part of Israel's Freedom of Information Act. 

According to the petition, exposing a record of contacts between the Prime Minister and the daily's owner and editor-in-chief would enable the public to make a clear examination of the alleged links between Netanyahu and Israel Hayom.

The paper has long been accused of touting events that help promote Netanyahu and the ruling Likud party, while downplaying others that seem to portray Netanyahu in a negative light. It has been nicknamed "Bibiton" for its alleged bias. 

The Prime Minister's Office rejected to the petition, arguing that the publication of such information in an "invasion of privacy."

While the court ultimately ruled Netanyahu would have to provide dates of the conversations, it stipulated that Adelson and Regev first be updated on the verdict, should they choose to appeal the disclosure of information. 








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