MK Shaked's First Bill Allows Pre-Election Ads

Ayelet Shaked's first legislation in the 20th Knesset would nix current ban on political TV and radio ads in 60 days before elections.

Gil Ronen ,

MK Ayelet Shaked
MK Ayelet Shaked
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MK Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home) presented her first bill as a member of the 20th Knesset Wednesday.

The bill seeks to remove the current ban on political propaganda advertisements on radio and television in the 60 days preceding a national election.

In the explanatory notes to the bill, Shaked explains that new media has changed the way the communication media works: “In today's reality, an absurd situation has resulted, in which there is a ban on television and radio propaganda in the 60 days preceding an election, while the same limitation is not imposed on internet websites.”

"Given the difficulty in limiting advertising on the internet, it appears that the ban on propaganda on the radio and on television is outdated, and therefore should be canceled.”

Shaked added Wednesday morning that “in an era in which, thanks to new media, information flows freely and is unfettered, and a single sneeze can become viral, there is no meaning anymore to blocking information on other media.”