Justice Ministry to propose bill that limits media coverage

December 15, 2011 15:36

The Justice Ministry plans to propose a bill that will severely limit the media’s ability to cover police investigations and court cases, The Jerusalem Post learned on Thursday.

The initiative will amend the penal code to include a punishment of one year in prison for anyone who publicizes materials and testimonies pertaining to criminal investigations. The proposed ban on publishing these materials will not have a time limit, and would apply to all cases, including those about public figures.

The initiative, which the Hebrew-language press has nicknamed the “Concealment Bill,” has yet to be submitted to the Knesset, but the Justice Ministry confirmed that it has been approved by both State Attorney Moshe Lador and Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman.

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