David Landau is being replaced as editor-in-chief of Israelâ€™s daily Haâ€™aretz.
The newspaperâ€™s board of directors is replacing Landau, who has been editor for the last four years, with Dov Alfon, a former editor. Alfon will assume the post on April 15, while Landau will stay on as a member of the paperâ€™s editorial board.
Haâ€™aretz publisher Amos Schocken said Landau became editor during an uneasy period for the newspaper and its editorial staff, and succeeded in expressing Haaretzâ€™s commitment to the values of practical Zionism, according to the newspaper.
Alfon, 46, joined Haâ€™aretz in 1989 and started the paperâ€™s cultural â€œGalleryâ€ section, edited its weekend magazine, served as Paris correspondent and was the senior editor of Haâ€™aretzâ€™s business publication, The Marker, before leaving the paper in 2004 to become editor-in-chief of the publishing house Kinneret Zmura-Beitan Dvir.
Guy Rolnik, the deputy publisher of the Haâ€™aretz Group, said Tuesday in Ha’aretz that the “choice of Alfon was a natural one and is a sign of our commitment to direct the newspaper toward growth and significant expansion of our readership, continuing the marked growth of recent years.â€
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