The Knesset's Constitution, Law and Justice Committee yesterday approved for its second and third reading a law proposal that would forbid the release of a suspect's name for 48 hours after the individual is notified of the investigation against him.
The bill aims to prevent compromising a suspect's good name, as many investigations do not end up in indictments.
Meretz MK Zahava Gal-On, however, blasted the bill, saying it constituted "censorship on criminal investigation procedures and a blow to the rule of law, freedom of the press and the public's right to know."
Gal-On said the proposal would enable covering up and whitewashing investigations against public figures in general and sex offenders in particular. "Publication in the media is the safeguard against such cover-ups," she commented.
MK Nahman Shai (Kadima ) said the law would be impossible to enforce and the public would get the information even if the institutionalized media would not be able to release it.
Want to enjoy 'Zen' reading - with no ads and just the article? Subscribe todaySubscribe now