Israel

Name of law: Freedom of Information Law First adopted: 1998 Last modified: n/a RTI Rating last updated: n/a

Introduction

One of the most interesting areas of this analysis dealt with Israel's unique constitutional structure, and whether or not Israel has a fundamental right to access public information. Although Israel's Supreme Court has recognized the right to information within its general recognition of free speech, free speech itself is not protected under Israel's Basic Laws (though it has been recognized as a right by the Court). Although an interesting aspect of this review, Israel's low score is more accurately attributable to its exceptions regime and the lack of any centralized oversight/appeals body. Although it has been argued that Israel's robust judicial appeals mechanism mitigates this, it is not a proper substitute for a specialized administrative process.

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