Freedom Of Expression
Freedom of Expression – a Cornerstone of Democracy
Freedom of expression, including freedom of the press and the ability of citizens to access and share a wide range of information, are hallmarks of democratic governance and essential to national success in the Information Age.
As Secretary Kerry has emphasized: “The open, free flow of information is at the core of our democracy, at the core of our sense of rectitude about the relationship between people and the world around them.”
All participating States, the United States included, have a responsibility to uphold the solemn OSCE commitments we have made in the crucial areas of freedom of expression and media freedom.
We have a responsibility to ensure a political climate that is conducive to the functioning of independent, pluralistic media via traditional and new technologies.
We must meet these responsibilities with no excuses and no delays.
Recent statements on freedom of expression:
- Chairmanship Conference on the Protection of Journalists: Freedom of expression online and off must be respected and protected by all participating States (Mar. 26)
- Uzbekistani activist twice forced into psychiatric institution after criticizing government (Mar. 26)