Israeli Justice Minister Backs Reform, Lower Fees

23 May 2013

Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni May 21 advocated transparency for the ministerial committee for legislative affairs and says she plans to lower fees for freedom of information requesters, according to an article in the Jerusalem Post

Commemorating the 15th anniversary of the Law on Freedom of Information, Livni called it “an instrument for repairing. It is the right of the public to know what is concealed behind the decisions of the offices of the government.” She was speaking at a Knesset Freedom of Information conference.

“Despite the opposition, there will be transparency for the ministerial committee for legislative affairs, and I am acting to make sure that this comes about,” she said.

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein “seemed to sound a different note, “ the Post reported, saying  the law needs “to guard freedom of information, but not in a way that leads to a free-for-all on information.”

FOI requests about public travel by officials, he said, lead to media repots that overlook the positive impacts of those trips. He concluded by saying that “half-truths are worse than falsehoods.”

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