Browse Definitions :
Definition

freedom of expression

Contributor(s): Ivy Wigmore

Freedom of expression is the right of individuals and organizations to exchange information without fear of repercussion or censorship. That right includes not only expressing ideas and opinions and imparting information but also seeking out information, receiving it and being an audience for it, as, for example, in a lecture or a public address. The term freedom of speech is commonly used synonymously; however, it refers only to the legal right to speak out publicly.

Freedom of expression is codified in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in Section 19, which states in part:

"…everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice.”

The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) restates Article 19 but also adds important restrictions to the freedom of expression that address the duties and responsibilities that necessarily accompany that right. The restrictions are designed to protect the rights of other parties, as well as national security, public order and public health.

To that end, freedom of expression may exclude:

In the United States, freedom of expression is specified in the First Amendment to the Constitution.

This was last updated in September 2018

Continue Reading About freedom of expression

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

Please create a username to comment.

-ADS BY GOOGLE

File Extensions and File Formats

SearchCompliance

  • compliance audit

    A compliance audit is a comprehensive review of an organization's adherence to regulatory guidelines.

  • regulatory compliance

    Regulatory compliance is an organization's adherence to laws, regulations, guidelines and specifications relevant to its business...

  • Whistleblower Protection Act

    The Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 is a law that protects federal government employees in the United States from ...

SearchSecurity

  • RSA algorithm (Rivest-Shamir-Adleman)

    The RSA algorithm is the basis of a cryptosystem -- a suite of cryptographic algorithms that are used for specific security ...

  • remote access

    Remote access is the ability to access a computer or a network remotely through a network connection.

  • IP Spoofing

    IP spoofing is the crafting of Internet Protocol (IP) packets with a source IP address that has been modified to impersonate ...

SearchHealthIT

SearchDisasterRecovery

  • network disaster recovery plan

    A network disaster recovery plan is a set of procedures designed to prepare an organization to respond to an interruption of ...

  • virtual disaster recovery

    Virtual disaster recovery is a type of DR that typically involves replication and allows a user to fail over to virtualized ...

  • tabletop exercise (TTX)

    A tabletop exercise (TTX) is a disaster preparedness activity that takes participants through the process of dealing with a ...

SearchStorage

  • enterprise storage

    Enterprise storage is a centralized repository for business information that provides common data management, protection and data...

  • disk array

    A disk array, also called a storage array, is a data storage system used for block-based storage, file-based storage or object ...

  • optical storage

    Optical storage is any storage type in which data is written and read with a laser. Typically, data is written to optical media, ...

Close