The Global Expression Report: 2021

Article 19
| Sep 01, 2021

"The Global Expression Report [by Article 19] is a global, data-informed, annual look at freedom of expression worldwide. With the benefit of data and hindsight, we take a look at 2020 – how this fundamental right fared, what the key trends were, and how global events affected its exercise.

...The pandemic has brought the world to a tipping point where governments and private actors face a stark choice. They must either commit to building a world based on rights to expression and information or they must become bystanders to the rapid decline in the freedoms which sustain robust and engaged societies.

...In times of public health crises, governments have a fundamental duty and a legal obligation to be transparent about their choices and decisions, and to protect people’s lives. This means ensuring that healthcare professionals have access to accurate global information about the disease, informing and educating the public about the pandemic, and ensuring that health data is accessible to everyone – no exceptions. There simply is no rationale that can support the choices that left – and continue to leave – millions of people without essential life-saving information."

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