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        8/11/2011, Av 11, 5771

      Committee OKs 48-Hour Ban on Publishing Suspect Names


      The Knesset's Constitution, Law and Justice Committee approved, Thursday, a 48-hour ban on publishing the name of someone detained for questioning. The measure comes in response to incidents where the publication has ruined a person's reputation and, in some cases, did not result in charges being filed.

      During a committee hearing on the matter, Committee Chairman David Rotem said that a goal of the legislation is to make reporters more responsible. A journalist called the proposal impractical, adding that public officials who stand to benefit from the bill already have tools for dealing with accusations made against them. The bill is scheduled to be considered by the Knesset during its winter session.