Supreme Court Petition: Channel 14 Airs Incitement and Fake News

Zulat and Liora Nir of the Fair Regulation Movement petitioned the Supreme Court against the Second Authority for Television and Radio (SATR) and Channel 14 (the full text of the petition is available in Hebrew only).

The petitioners, who are represented by Attorney Yossi Abadi of the Meitar law firm, demand from the SATR to impose financial sanctions on Channel 14 for consistently airing fake news and inflammatory statements, as well as for lack of objectivity, balance, and advertising content. All these constitute blatant and serial violations of the law and of their broadcasting license.

We also demand to know why the license issued to Channel 14, which is a news channel, fails to include all the SATR’s supervisory and enforcement powers listed in the licenses issued to the news companies of other channels, such as the authority to deduct airtime due to violations, take corrective actions against inadequacies, impose sanctions due to violations of the ban on airing prohibited content, issue new requirements and rules to the license holder, oblige the license holder to join the Israel Press Council or alternatively set up an independent three-member ethics committee headed by a retired judge, and to restrict advertising in news programs.

The Fair Regulation Movement monitored Channel 14 broadcasts for seven months and found an unusual number of license violations, for which 55 complaints were filed to the SATR and its ombudsman, who failed to impose any sanctions on the channel.



Dr. Maha Sabbah Karkabi


Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Tel Aviv University (2015), a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Gender Studies, SOAS, University of London (2015-2016), a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Sociology at Tel Aviv University (2016-2017), and a postdoctoral fellowship Ph.D. at the Humphrey Institute for Social Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (2018-2020).
Dr. Maha Karbahi’s areas of interest focus on the connection between social change, family behavior, and gender inequality in societies in the process of change and specifically in Palestinian Arab society in Israel. Her research draws attention to the study of family life and employment, using a combined “ethnic lens” and “gender lens” and paying attention to the perspective of Palestinian Arab women, a group characterized by intersections between multiple marginal locations, which over the years has remained hidden from the research eye. Dr. Karkabi-Sabah’s research is published in professional journals and chapters in scientific books that are considered pioneers in family research, work, and gender equality.


Prof. Frances Raday

Professor Emeritus in the Lieberman Chair in Labor Law, in the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University and serves as a full professor in the College of Management’s academic track, where she also serves as chair of the graduate program and as honorary president of the Concord Center for International Law Absorption. Radai was a member of a working group of the UN Human Rights Council on discrimination against women. In addition, she is a prominent and feminist human rights activist.


Dr. Rawia Aburabia 

Faculty member of Sapir Academic College’s School of Law, received her PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research deals with the interface between law, gender, minorities, and human rights. Has published in leading journals on the subject of the matrimonial laws pertaining to Muslim women in Israel. Her book Under the Law, Outside Justice: Polygamy, Gendered Citizenship, and Colonialism in Israeli Law is expected to be published as part of the Gender Series of Kibbutz Meuhad Publishing House.

Dr. Aburabia has extensive experience in international human rights and public law. She has worked as a jurist for the Association for Civil Right and has been invited as a specialist to address such international forums as the United Nations and the European Parliament on the subject of indigenous communities and minority rights. She has interned with Human Rights Watch in Washington DC, and has been a member of the executive board of Amnesty International. In 2018, she was selected by the magazine Globes as one of the 40 most promising young persons in Israel under the age of 40.



Ron Kessler

With over two decades of experience in the field of digital content, Ron has participated in numerous political and social campaigns. He helped run the digital activity of senior public officials, and worked in various NGOs. Ron is a fundamentally optimistic man, who believes that Israel can be changed and so can people. Lives in Tel Aviv.