Freedom House ranks Israel as region’s only ‘free’ state
US-based watchdog’s report says that while in recent years controversies have surrounded proposed laws that threatened freedom of expression, in most cases they gave been quashed by gov’t, Knesset or Supreme Court.
Israel is the Middle East’s only "free” state, the US-based Freedom House wrote in its annual report last week, a ranking in stark contrast to claims by the country’s critics – both domestic and international – who argue that the Jewish state’s democratic values are steadily eroding "Israel remains the region’s only free country,” read the report, called Freedom in the World 2013, released just days before Israel goes to the polls.
"In recent years, controversies have surrounded proposed laws that threatened freedom of expression and the rights of civil society organizations,” the report read. (continue reading...)