Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has proposed a bill which would require individuals recording private conversations to disclose their intentions to the other parties involved, banning secret recordings.
According to a report Wednesday evening by Channel 10, the Prime Minister’s bill, modeled after similar laws in the United States, would require consent before any party records private conversations.
If passed the law would effectively end undercover reporting, as well as restrict the ability of police to record suspects without a warrant.
Today, under Israeli law it is legal for one side to record any conversation, with neither consent from nor disclosure to any other parties to the conversation.
Meretz chief Zahava Gal-On blasted the bill, calling it a blow to journalistic freedom.
“Netanyahu is continuing to harm journalistic freedom and the right of the public to know and criticize public figures.”