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Israeli Broadcasting Council to beef up regulation on Israeli TV shows; threaten to cancel channels for breaching ethical code following 'Big Brother' drug scandal

The Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Council has decided to boost regulation on Israeli reality shows and the ethical code they follow.


The new regulation came in wake of the alleged claim recently reported by Yedioth Ahronoth, that the Israeli version of the "Big Brother" production forced psychiatric drugs on contestants.


A formal statement published by the council read: "If the Council learns that any kind of pressure was used against a show's participant, it won’t hesitate to use all means to stop the heinous act from reoccurring, including canceling the channel using these methods."


The new regulation will further demand from producers to "refrain from using illegitimate means that could harm the contestants' judgment" and "avoid manipulating the contestants in a way which harms their autonomy and freewill."


Council members' headed by Council Chairman Nitzan Chen, questioned some of the channel 2 franchise Keshet representatives who attended the council's meeting about the past and present backstage events of the "Big Brother" production.


One council member said that "this incident ignites a red light that requires a change in policy. The recent phenomenon in which psychiatric drugs were given on a reality show is an act that will not reoccur."


The "Big Brother" production said: "We respect the Council's decision and will continue to keep the ethical code during production."



פרסום ראשון: 03.20.12, 09:01
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