33. Freedom of Expression or how do We Know Israel is a Democracy?

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In October 1953 the Supreme Court with Justice Agranat presiding, had ruled against the administrative order to close Kol Haam and Al Intichad; two Communist newspapers that had criticized the government. This ruling is the first legal document that proclaims that Israel is a Democracy and the freedom of expression is one of its most precious values. In this session we shall examine an earlier case of the right for free speech in the Knesset through an Alterman poem and will study the offending 1953 article as well as Agrant's verdict, that had since, become the most frequently quoted one in Israel's court houses.

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