In the wake of recent reports in the Israeli press stating that the EBU had sent a letter to the Israeli government requesting it to sign a pre conditions contract in order to host the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, ESCToday decided to investigate further and reached out to the EBU in order to clarify the matter and throw more light on the situation.
Last week saw several Israeli newspapers reporting that the EBU had sent an official letter to Israeli Prime Minister Mr. Benjamin Netenyahu requesting him to comply with the following pre conditions in order for the country to host the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest:
- Granting entry visas to participants and fans regardless of their political views.
- Unrestricted travel around Israel for fans, delegations and artists regardless of their political views, religion, or sexual orientation.
- Free press access and commitment to free expression for all participants and delegations.
- Removal of all religious restrictions, including holding rehearsals on Shabbat.
- Complete independence for the national public broadcaster KAN in editing the broadcast
The EBU’s statement
This is a typical letter we send every year, regardless of country, to help ensure the smooth running of the Eurovision Song Contest.