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Following uproar, Netanyahu to scrap new law banning on-air opinions of Israeli journalists

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, second left, and Cabinet Secretary, Avichai Mandelblit, left, arrive for the the weekly cabinet meeting at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015. (Menahem Kahana/Pool photo via AP)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, second left, and Cabinet Secretary, Avichai Mandelblit, left, arrive for the the weekly cabinet meeting at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015. (Menahem Kahana/Pool photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Israel's prime minister says he will scrap a newly-passed law banning journalists working for the country's public broadcast authority from expressing their opinions on air.

Benjamin Netanyahu's office did say Sunday when the contested legislation will be reversed.

The law, passed early Thursday, drew criticism from journalists, who accused the government of trying to stifle dissent. The law said broadcasts should "avoid one-sidedness, prejudice, expressing personal opinions, giving grades and affixing labels."

The Israel Press Council urged parliament to cancel the law, saying it violates free speech.

Following Netanyahu's about-face, the Cabinet minister who pushed for the legislation resigned from his role overseeing public broadcasting. Ofir Akunis, one of Netanyahu's closest confidantes, says he couldn't keep functioning with such a "lack of backing."