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Freedom of expression

March 28, 2016 | Author: | Posted in international relations, social sciences


The struggle to openly exhibit one ‘s thoughts is not a new concept but it is going on unabatedly since centuries and with the censorship on Media creating its impact on every sphere of human consciousness , the question remained unanswered that is to what extent the Freedom of Expression should be allowed . In 480-486 , the playwright Euripides in a defend for posing the true liberty of freeborn men added diplomatically “Who neither can nor will may hold his peace . What can be more just in a State than this “1 [banner_entry_middle]


1 . Mette Newth , 2001 , The long history of censorship , Beacon For Freedom of Expression , extracted from HYPERLINK “http /www .beaconforfreedom .org /about_project /history .html http /www .beaconforfreedom .org /about_project /history .html , on 26th November


The freedom of Expression means an absolute right to express oneself which is enshrined in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights accepted by most nations but with modifications according to their law . Again on 23rd March 1976 , The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR ) treaty was signed . This treaty was based on the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights . It is monitored by the Human Rights Committee , which has a group of 18 experts . Article 19 of ICCPR states that

1 . Everyone has the right to express opinions without interference

2 . Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression this right shall include freedom to seek , receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds , regardless of frontiers , either orally , in writing or in print , in the form of art , or through any other media of his choice

3 . The exercise of the rights provided for in paragraph 2 of this article carries with it special duties and responsibilities . It may therefore be subject to certain restrictions , but these shall only be such as are provided by law and are necessary (a ) For respect of the rights or reputations of others (b ) For the protection of national security or of public ( public , or of public health or morals ‘1


The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR adopted and opened for signature , ratification and accession by General Assembly resolution 2200A (XXI , entry into force 23rd March 1976 , in accordance with Article 49 . Office of the United Nations Higher Commissioner For Human Rights , extracted from HYPERLINK “http /www .ohchr .org /english /law /ccpr .htm art19 http /www .ohchr .org /english /law /ccpr .htm art19

As on 5th February 2002 , United Nations Treaty Collections , there are 160 state parties who are signatory to the The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR . In brief any signatory of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights is bound to promote freedom of expression and freedom of information for the sole purpose of healthy functioning of democracy and it is a potent force to pre-empt repression , war and conflict . But this involves in it some exemptions… [banner_entry_footer]


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