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Freedom of Expression

Freedom of expression is the cornerstone of democracy and is one of the essential ingredients in the realization of individual freedom, as it allows members of a society to openly evaluate and criticize its government. As such, all individuals in democratic societies should have the right to express themselves freely in speech, writing or otherwise, to demonstrate freely, and to disseminate information and opinions for the public interest. Freedom of expression does not only mean the expression of views that are widely accepted by the public or reflect the government’s policies, but also minority views and views that are considered irritating, extreme, and unacceptable.


ACRI works relentlessly to prevent violations to freedom of expression in Israel. ACRI seeks to defend those who use this freedom for the purposes of protecting and promoting human rights, and to hold accountable government and non-government officials who use their authority to subdue critical voices. ACRI supports protesters through legal work and rights education. Through its commitment to ensuring freedom of expression to all members of Israeli society, ACRI has brought about numerous landmark rulings safeguarding this fundamental freedom.


Haifa mayor Dr. Einat Kalisch-Rotem informed the municipal Library Services director that a librarian placing a Gay Pride Flag on her desk in the library is p...


Local pride organizations in Netanya, along with The Aguda- Israel’s LGBT Taskforce, requested to host the city’s first Pride Parade. The Pride event was init...


Pinning protesters to the ground, chokeholds, excessive use of force, a deafening scream, and behind-the-back handcuffing – these are just some of the "means...


Tel Aviv University is not entitled to demand that students pay for security as a condition for approving a "demonstration, assembly, or political discussion,...


ACRI represented Barbur Gallery in Jerusalem in an appeal against the intention to remove it from the structure in which it operates due to political events t...


Yesterday (26.3.2019) ACRI filed an appeal to the Supreme Court against the Haifa District Court's verdict regarding displaying the McJesus sculpture. The Dis...


On the International Day against Police Brutality, we are proud to partake in a multimedia project along with leading human rights organizations from around t...


The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) published today (12/10/2018) its annual position paper regarding the state of human rights in Israel. The pa...

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Nahalat Binyamin 75, Tel Aviv 65154

Phone: +972-3-5608185
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15 Yad Harutsim St, Talpiot, Jerusalem

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Fax: +972-4-8526331

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