Israel: Supreme Court has dealt blow to freedom of speech

Artists have received a castrating message to the effect that anyone who identifies as a subject or a muse of a work is liable to block its publication: Haaretz

In a ruling handed down last month, the Supreme Court rejected a writer’s appeal of a district court decision, which included a ban against the publication and distribution of his novel. In effect, the court ordered that the book be shelved, after it had already been published, printed and even sold in hundreds of copies.

The plaintiff, who is the author’s former partner, claimed that although he claimed that the plot was fictional, the book describes their intimate relationship and violates her privacy and harms her reputation. Justice Noam Solberg accepted her argument and rejected the appeal. He was joined in the decision by Justices Miriam Naor and Salim Joubran.

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