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  2/13/2012, Shevat 20, 5772

'True at the Time' Bill by MK Shai to Temper Libel Law


Member of Knesset Nachman Shai (Kadima) introduced a bill, Sunday, which seeks to determine that someone who publishes something that is true at the time of its publication will not be deprived of protection under the recently passed Libel Law. Under the measure, the protection would apply, even if the facts would consequently be proven wrong.

The proposal seeks to formalize the precedent set in the case of a military officer in Gaza, whose libel suit against a reporter was rejected. It also recognizes that the lack of protection for facts that are only found later to be false could prevent the publishing of a lot of accurate stories that are in the public interest. The former spokesman of the Israel Defense Forces, who holds a doctorate in communications, said the bill is designed to strengthen the freedom of the media, especially investigative reporters, and is the proper response to what he called recent parliamentary attempts to harm the status and functioning of the media.