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Freedom of Expression

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Freedom of expression is a cornerstone of any democracy. The right to freely receive, share, and disseminate information and opinions, is a prerequisite for public debates and critical scrutiny of the various actors in society. Every person or group of persons has the right to freedom of expression. The term 'person' also includes the media and companies. The right to freedom of expression is applicable to every person regardless of race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. The right to freedom of expression is protected in several universal and regional human rights conventions as well as national constitutions and ordinary legislation. International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) as well as European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) permits derogation of the right to freedom of expression.

Keywords:European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR); expression; human rights; ICCPR



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