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    • 17.04.10 | 16:08 (IDT)

    Israeli law is way too broad when classifying the mere possession of classified information as "espionage", even when the possessor is a journalist who had the information leaked to him so that he can expose some wrongdoing or a malfunction of the system. Journalism is essential in helping keep governmental systems cleansed on a continuous basis. The obvious solution to this is to explicitly EXCLUDE journalists from this part of the law (as in the US), provided they don't give the information to others or publish it abroad, but only publish it in Israel and subject to the military censor's requirements. Incidentally, the leakers of the information should be subject to all existing laws. I don't feel sorry for Anat Kamm. She had the option of providing the documents to the State Comptroller, or the Attorney General, or the President of the Supreme Court, and they would have started a serious investigation of the matter. I hope such criminal investigation of IDF officers involved in illegal assassination still takes place.

    from the article: As a democracy, how can Israel censor citizens' right to know?
    First published 22:20 15.04.10 | Last updated 13:52 17.04.10
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