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Supreme Court Rules That Watching Tv on Friday Night is Up to Individual

The Supreme Court told an Orthodox Jew in effect yesterday that he was free not to view television on Friday night but had no grounds to ban viewing by others. The court rejected one of two orders nisi calling on the Broadcasting Authority to show cause why Sabbath television should not be prohibited. The second order, filed by three Orthodox members of the Broadcasting Authority, is pending before the Court. A five judge panel ruled yesterday that an order nisi filed by an Orthodox young man from Tel Aviv had no standing because his privacy was not being invaded. The Court said he could refrain from turning on his set. It said also that the applicant failed to prove his contention that he might have been employed in television if he had not been religious.

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