Tuesday, July 16

Recording Act discussed by Israeli Prime Minister in the past and turned down



Although the Israeli Prime Minister’s office rejected the claims that Netanyahu is promoting a legislative change that would prohibit recordings that are unknown to both parties involved and the broadcasting of such recordings, it turns out that Netanyahu’s office dealt with the matter more than two years ago.

Former Israeli Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein turned down the process because of legislative implications.

Netanyahu discussed the act over two years ago Photo Credit: Amos Ben Gershom/Channel 2 News

The Israeli Prime Minister’s office explained that Netanyahu isn’t promoting an act that would prohibit someone from recording another person without his knowledge or consent and broadcast such recordings.

They also noted that this was expressed from a fundamental stance in reference to protecting the individual’s privacy. However, yesterday evening (Thursday), it became clear that this wasn’t the first time that the Secret Recordings Act was brought up in the Israeli Prime Minister’s office.

More than two years ago, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu attempted to lead the way towards enacting a law of this sort. At the time, he consulted with Former Israeli Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein, who halted the initiative claiming that the price and the damages outweighed the benefits.

Weinstein thought that in the current situation there indeed was an issue of violating the basic trust between people because everyone records everyone. But he believed that a law of this sort would silence and mutilate journalists’ abilities to generate investigative reports.

Weinstein halted the legislation Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

Weinstein also evaluated the other ramifications of the law, which among other things, was expected to weaken the war on public corruption. On a daily basis, the law would inhibit citizens and clients from exposing consumer injustices in front of large bodies.

This legislation could also prevent weak workers, for example, from taking legal action against abusive employment.