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Monthly Archives: May 2014

Short Notes Outline International Standards on Criminal Content Restrictions

In many countries, criminal restrictions on the content of what may be published or broadcast seriously undermine respect for the right to freedom of expression. Often they ban far too much speech in the first place while in other cases they are drafted in vague terms which render them susceptible of overbroad application. The Centre … Continue reading

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Newfoundland Needs Strong Whistleblower Protection

Newfoundland and Labrador’s government has introduced a bill to protect those who expose serious wrongdoing and threats, i.e. whistleblowers, but is seeking to maintain a veil of secrecy around the Cabinet, even in the context of potentially criminal behaviour. The exception for cabinet documents was one of the key problems identified in an analysis released … Continue reading

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EU Expression Guidelines Fail to Recognise the Right to Information

On 12 May 2014, the Council of the European Union adopted the EU Human Rights Guidelines on Freedom of Expression: Online and Offline (Guidelines). The initiative to adopt the Guidelines, which provide “political and operational guidance” to EU staff regarding this important area of EU foreign policy and assistance, is welcome. At the same time, … Continue reading

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BLOG: Think Tanks and the Right to Information

Originally posted on the Transparify blog by Michael Karanicolas, Legal Officer, Centre for Law and Democracy. Views expressed here represent those of the author, and do not necessarily represent those of the organisation. The right to information is internationally recognised as a human right which lies at the core of democratic accountability. Since State institutions … Continue reading

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International Mandates: Universality and Freedom of Expression

Today, the 17th annual Joint Declaration by the four specialised mandates tasked with promoting and protecting freedom of expression at the UN, OAS, OSCE and African Commission was launched in Paris, France. This latest Declaration, prepared with the assistance of the Centre for Law and Democracy and ARTICLE 19, highlights issues relating to the universality … Continue reading

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