MK Ksenia Svetlova (Zionist Union)
MK Ksenia Svetlova (Zionist Union) Miriam Alster / Flash 90

MK Ksenia Svetlova (Labor / Zionist Union), who chairs the Knesset Caucus for Freedom of Expression and Journalism, was not very happy to hear that a nationalist journalist, Erel Segal, will receive freedom to express his views on IDF Radio with a daily news talk show.

"I'm shocked by IDF Radio," she tweeted Thursday. "Erel Segal as show host? Why not Bentzi Gopshtain? Another great reason to listen to Reshet Bet."

Gopshtain is the head of anti-assimilation organization Lehava, and Reshet Bet is Israel's left-leaning public radio station.

Amit Segal (no relation to Erel), Channel 2's parliamentary correspondent, retweeted Svetlova's remark and noted that she chairs the Knesset Caucus for Freedom of Expression and Journalism.

"And what exactly is the problem?" she responded to Amit Segal. "I find Segal's positions and style abhorrent. And that, precisely, is freedom of expression. He will broadcast, and I won't listen."

Amit Segal returned fire and asked Svetlova if her distaste for Erel Segal is connected to the fact that "he made mincemeat" out of her in a recent interview, but Svetlova did not reply.

Svetlova said elsewhere that Erel Segal's style is "harsh and loud," that he expresses ideas that are "hurtful and discriminatory" and that "there were better candidates" for the job. She later added, however, that "it is every journalist's right to broadcast anywhere."

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