Beefing up libel law

Time to chill the enthusiasm of media to print ‘juicy’ news without fact-checking.

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January 10, 2012 19:25
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Protest by Peace now and Meretz on new libel law

protest libel 311. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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The Knesset has given first reading and initial approval of an amendment to Israel’s libel law proposed by MKs Yariv Levin (Likud) and Meir Sheetrit (Kadima). The amendment would significantly raise libel penalties and make them easier to achieve, especially if media publishes defamatory material on individuals without offering them the opportunity to respond fully and in real time. As a result, the angry media has labeled this a “silencing” bill and an “attack on democracy.”


Not at all. In fact, the amendment doesn’t go far enough.

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