Ngos And Freedom Of Expression

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NGOs and Freedom of Expression

NGOs are significant actors in defending the human right to freedom of expression worldwide. The right to freedom of expression is entrenched in international law through the following:

Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR):
“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers” (UN 1948).

Article 19 of the International Covenant for Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)
“1. Everyone shall have the right to hold 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” (UN 1976).

This human right is often restricted by states which use mechanisms such as censorship, restrictive media legislation, and the harassment and persecution of journalists or bloggers. Some examples of NGOs that protect the freedom of expression are as follows:

• Freedom House advocates for democracy, political freedom, and human rights. In its Freedom of Expression campaign, it provides financial and technical assistance to advocates of free expression within individual countries. It also delegates experts to…
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