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Olmert ill, exposé postponed

Editors of investigative television newsmagazine 'Uvda' opt to postpone airing of report on prime minister's criminal investigations due to his illness

Meirav Crystal
Published: 10.31.07, 07:38 / Israel Culture

The editorial board of the investigative television newsmagazine "Uvda" (fact) decided Monday to postpone the airing of an investigative report on the criminal investigations launched against Prime Minister Ehud Olmert following the announcement of his illness.


The show was expected to reveal new findings in the corruption cases Olmert is facing.


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"We thought it was inappropriate to air such a report on the week the prime minister announced he is suffering from cancer," said Ilana Dayan, the anchor of the show and a highly esteemed journalist.


"Alongside our commitment to investigative journalism, there is a personal, human aspect: Olmert is a

public figure who faces criticism on a daily basis, but he is also a private person that deals with a crisis of a different magnitude. We cannot ignore that."


The season premier of the show will air, as planned, on Thursday, November 1. Instead of the expose about Olmert, the show will feature reports about the mysterious death of an elite commando unit member and the methods of operation of an organized crime family.


Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is facing four criminal investigations.


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