UN: Joint declaration on freedom of expression outlines challenges in counter-terrorism

On 3 June, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the rights to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue, presented to the Human Rights Council the Tenth Anniversary Joint Declaration: Ten Key Challenges to Freedom of Expression in the Next Decade, signed by him and by his counterparts in the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (Miklos Haraszti), the Organisation of American States (Catalina Botero), and African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Faith Pansy Tlakula).

The Declaration expresses concern at the unduly broad limitations on freedom of expression resulting from vague definitions of terrorism and ancillary offences, by formal and informal pressures on media to desist from reporting on terrorism-related issues, and by expanded use of surveillance techniques and reduced oversight of surveillance operations.



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