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Knesset backs 'suspects' names' bill
Amendment to Courts Act saying suspects names must remain under embargo for 48 hours passes second, third House readings
The Knesset on Monday approved the "suspects' names" bill – an amendment to Courts Act.

 

The amendment states that during the first 48 hours of a police investigation, or during the first two days in which a suspect in police custody has not been arraigned, the suspect's name would be placed under a gag order.

 

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The embargo includes suspects in all cases, except where public safety is concerned, or when the publication serves the investigation's purposes.

 

The new law joins other Justice Ministry initiatives, such as the "concealment bill," which aims to restrict media access to ongoing police investigations by placing them under a comprehensive gag order.

 

The "concealment bill" states that the embargo will have no time limit and that its violation will be punishable by one year in jail.

 

 

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