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Israeli Journalists to Hold One Day Strike; Protest New Libel Law

The Israel Journalists Association voted today to conduct a 24-hour strike on November 16 in protest against a new law, passed during the last session of the Knesset (Parliament). The law, defining libel, is said by the Journalists to contain clauses curbing freedom of the press.

The Journalists Association had denounced the new libel law since its adoption and threatened to strike in protest. However, the walk-out was delayed until after Israel’s general elections, which will be held November 2.