Freedom of Expression
Freedom of expression refers to the right to share information and opinions and to get access to information. Having public and private media that are free from the control and influence of governments and powerful businesses is an important part of freedom of expression. But you can also express opinions by protesting or by working with others who share your beliefs through organisations. So free speech overlaps with the freedom of assembly (the right to protest) and freedom of association (the right to create organisations). These rights help individuals participate in public affairs and are vital to the functioning of democracy. Of course, these rights are not absolute. For example, the authorities can legitimately prohibit child pornography and hate speech or put conditions on protests to prevent them from turning violent. Unfortunately, in many EU countries, authorities are restricting free speech, punishing whistleblowers and banning protests without good reason, just to prevent unpopular laws and policies from being criticised. Similarly, several governments and businesses have a heavy influence on public and privately owned media outlets. This topic covers the work we do to protect free speech, access to information, whistleblowers, media freedom and freedom of assembly.
Freedom of Expression articles
•Romanian journalist Feri Predescu was convicted in 2007 for criticizing Radu Mazăre, the mayor of Constanţa, on television. Following the court case, she was ordered to pay him 11,000 EUR in compensation. Now the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ...
•Germany will deny permission for Turkish President Erdogan to address Turks at a rally when he visits for the upcoming G20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany's foreign minister said Thursday. Turkey officially requested permission Wednesday for Erdogan to mak...
•Following the Strasbourg court's condemnation of Russia's "propaganda law," a representative of the European Parliament urged the European Commission to review analogous regulations in Lithuania.
•The Public Interest Litigation Project recently sent legal observers to a demonstration at the port of Amsterdam in order ensure that the right to protest was fully respected by authorities.