Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Orthodox feminist NGO sues Haredi radio station for NIS 100 million
Outside of these parameters, however, the station does not in general employ female broadcasters or grant airtime to female callers.
“We were excited to discover that the Reform organizations and NGOs, which filed petitions with the High Court of Justice against the establishment of the radio station before it was even set up – in order to withhold from an entire sector of society the right to listen to media which accords with their beliefs and lifestyle – have reversed their opinion and appointed themselves as spokespeople for women from this sector,” the station said in response to the suit.
The Reform Movement petitioned the High Court of Justice before Kol Berama was established in 2009 in opposition to the request for a broadcast license by the nascent radio station. The rejected petition argued that the number of available radio wavelengths is limited and that the Sephardi haredi community was already served by Radio Kol Hai.
“From the outset, Kol Berama has excluded women from its broadcasts,” said Lahovsky.
“The lawsuit cries out the cry of silenced haredi women who are entitled to have their voices heard on the airwaves of a radio station which receives a state media license.”
Shapira also expressed opposition to the accommodation reached between Kol Berama and the Second Authority, and said that the Justice Ministry was currently examining the agreement.
“Where are we living, in Israel or Iran? This is a liberal, democratic state where the rule of law is enforced, including the prohibition against discrimination.”
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