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Ex-Jerusalem Post Staff Plans a New Paper

January 05, 1990|From Reuters

JERUSALEM — Senior editors and reporters dismissed from the Jerusalem Post said Thursday they will launch a new English-language newspaper backed by Israeli and foreign investors.

About 30 Post staff members were let go this week at their request after failing to oust publisher Yehuda Levy. They had argued that he impeded editorial freedom and intended to alter the dovish line of the Post, a prominent liberal Zionist institution.

"The idea is to re-embody the spirit of the Jerusalem Post," said former Managing Editor David Landau. "We are the spirit, and people are telling us that there can be a new body. We are looking for it."

The dismissed staff included top news editors and political reporters and the entire economics department, sparking concern about the demise of the Post. Conrad Black's Toronto-based Hollinger Inc. bought the paper last year.

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