Freedom of expression is the foundation of democracy and nearly half of the world is denied this right to access information and express ideas freely.
A diversity and range of information and opinions should be available to all people. This right to information includes reading newspapers, surfing the Internet, watching television, listening to public debates and receiving information from public authorities.
Journalists must report facts, inform the public and denounce abuses without fear, interference, persecution or discrimination.
Censorship prevents freedom of expression.