Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Friday, October 21, 2016

UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression: Governments Attempting To Suppress Information, Ideas

From the United Nations News Centre: a UN human rights experts says that freedom of expression is under attack.

David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, says that some governments are attempting to silence reporters, and to limit the flow of expression and ideas.  He says in part: “I am especially concerned that many governments assert legitimate grounds for restriction, such as protection of national security or public order or the rights of others, as fig leaves to attack unpopular opinion or criticism of government and government officials...Many times governments provide not even the barest demonstration that such restrictions meet the legal tests of necessity and proportionality.”

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