Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Knesset Divided on Bill Banning Graphic Photos

Jerusalem Post (Israel)Image by DannySan via FlickrTwo United Torah Judaism members of the Knesset are seeking to have the Israeli parliament amend the Protection of Privacy Law to ban publication of photos of injured or deceased persons without their, or their relatives' consent, the Jerusalem Post reports.

Uri Makley and Moshe Gafni said images of victims of terrorism, violence or accidents in which the victims can be clearly identified are intrusive of those individuals' privacy. Critics of the measure fear censorship. Knesset Member Shelly Yacimovich, herself a former journalist, favors self-regulation by the news media, based on their own professional ethics, over government imposition of restrictions on what can or can't be published.

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