Freedom of Speech and Expression
Freedom of speech and expression includes freedom of opinion, the right to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authorities and regardless of national borders. The right to freedom of speech and expression is the basis for everyone’s freedom to express their views without fear of being restricted, punished or persecuted. It is important to remember that freedom of expression does NOT apply to hate speech against persons of a different colour, ethnic background, sexual minorities or other groups.
Example: The local government deputy criticises the work of the council in the media, and the local government ethics committee imposes a penalty for it. Are the deputy’s rights violated?