Cinema Bill

Tabled by: MKs Michael Ben-Ari (National Union) and Moshe Matalon (Yisrael Beitenu) on 17 March 2010.
Description: According to this bill, as a condition for receiving public funding, the entire crew of a film will have to pledge allegiance to the State of Israel as Jewish a democratic state, to its laws, symbols, etc. This bill infringes on freedom of expression and on freedom of artistic expression – of Arab citizens and of those who are on one side of the political map.
17 March 2010: Bill is presented in the Knesset.
9 May 2010: The Ministerial Committee decided to not support the bill.
12 May 2010: Bill failed its preliminary reading.
Status: Not approved by the government and failed preliminary reading.

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