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Israel - Draconian measures threaten democracy

New libel law designed to muzzle the media Reporters Without Borders expresses its grave concern over parliament's approval yesterday of the first reading of a bill toughening Israel's libel laws, despite strong objections from Israeli journalists. The bill, which has still to be considered by the Knesset's law committee before its second and third readings, provides for a steep rise in the amount of damages payable by those found guilty of publishing articles judged to be defamatory. “The (...)

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