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  10/18/2012, Cheshvan 2, 5773

Suit on 'Big Brother' Bible in Bathroom Scene Rejected


The Jerusalem District Court dismissed, Thursday, a request for a class-action suit against a Channel 2 Television franchise holder and the producers of the reality show "Big Brother", charging negligence and breach of statutory duty. At issue was a segment, broadcast in December 2010, in which participants argued over the intent of one of the participants to read the Bible in the bathroom, which raised a mild public protest.

Judge Gila Canfy-Steinitz accepted the defendant's argument that, in this case, freedom of expression won over harming the sensitivity of people who were offended by the idea. She explained that the extent of the harm did not cross the permitted boundary in giving the plaintiffs a course of action. She added that the segments were not so offensive as to be undefensible, concluding "Even if we assume that the impact of the footage broadcast on the emotions of the plaintiffs and feelings of the group they wish to represent is certain, one cannot say that this harm is not within the limits of tolerable in Israeli society as a democratic society."