Tel Aviv (Jul. 5)
Likud Knesset member Ronnie Milo told a public forum here yesterday that a newly-formed Likud-led government would purge the state-owned radio and television services as one of its first tasks. Milo said it would “deal” with the state radio and television networks because of what he termed the anti-government bias of most broadcasters who have been referred to in the past as the “anti-Likud Mafia.”
Yosef Lapid, Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA) head, a Likud appointee, vigorously denied Milo’s charges and said the IBA will continue in the future as it has in the past, without government interference. Israel television personnel are said to be discussing informally the position they will take if attempts are made to muzzle them.
Histadrut director general Yeruham Meshel has promised Histadrut support for anybody dismissed or discriminated against on political grounds.