Knesset: No Pictures of Victims Without Their Consent


yerushalayim-attackThe Knesset gave final approval to an initiative of MKs Moshe Gafni and Uri Maklev that prohibits publication of any picture of an injured victim of a car accident, terrorist attack and the like, without his consent of the consent of his family. The law is aimed at protecting the privacy of people at a moment of particular distress, and the law determines that the individual’s right to privacy is stronger than the freedom of expression of the media.

It is very common that the media publish pictures of victims of accidents or terrorist attacks that hurt their feelings without any permission. After the recent terrorist attack in Jerusalem, an embarrassing photograph of a chareidi woman who had been injured was published.

The media mostly opposed the law, but it was strongly supported in the Knesset.

{Deiah veDibur/ Newscenter}


  1. I suppose it’s naive of me to suggest that they use common sense. Israel needs to publish photographs of what is going on with terrorism as part of its public relations outreach.

  2. Excellent! It prevents people from being victimized twice – once by the incident and once by the media. The news can be presented truthfully and in full without such pictures. This is a real step forward for ahavas Yisroel and kavod habrios.