The Broadcasting Authority law (1965) establishes the Israeli Broadcasting Authority (IBA) as an independent regulatory body whose mission is to give expression to diverse public opinions and perspectives through its broadcasts. It has adopted a new ethical code and also has an in-house ombudsman. The IBA is composed of 31 members and is headed by a director general.
Commercial broadcast is regulated by the Second Authority for Television and Radio. The Authority was created with the Law of the Second Authority for Television and Radio, issued in 1990. The Authority "represents the public interest in the commercial broadcasting channels in Israel, enables their operations and regulates them". It is headed by a Council composed of 15 members.
The Council for Cable TV and Satellite Broadcasting works to represent, protect and promote the public interests in the field of cable and satellite multi-channel subscriber television. It is a public body and was established under the Telecommunication Law of 1982.
The Israeli Press Council was established in 1963 by the members of the press (editors, journalists) and representatives of the public. It works to safeguard the values of a free press whilst determining that the ethical rules it has established, the Rules of Professional Ethics of Journalism, remain relevant to the media and that its members continue to abide by them. The council also monitors legislative initiatives which could harm the freedom of expression and the media and lobbies against them; it also ensures a positive working environment for journalists and media outlets so all their rights are respected.Back to top