Israeli Bill Would Fine People Sharing Videos From Scenes of Terror Attacks

Proposed legislation comes in wake of several incidents in which families learned of their loved one's fate through videos on social media.

Emergency personnel operate at the site of a terror attack at Sarona Market in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, June 8, 2016.
Moti Milrod

The Knesset is to consider a new bill to fine anyone who distributes information from disaster sites regarding victims without permission of the injured or before the families have been officially informed.

The bill comes in the wake of several incidents, in which the families of terror or disaster victims learned of their loved one's fate by seeing videos or through other media like social networks, rather than being informed by the authorities or other relatives.

It calls for a 15,000 shekel ($3,900) fine for the release of any image made without permission or prematurely. It also requires that any video from a disaster scene be required to have an authorized person blur it.  

"Distributing various videos without blurring and without supervision causes unnecessary panic among the public," said MK Nissan Slomiansky. "Likewise, it constitutes inspiration for terrorists to continue on the path of terror. This phenomenon must stop immediately."