Expression of Opinion

The freedom of the press includes the right to freedom of opinion and expression. This means a member of the public or of the media has the freedom to express opinions without interference. He can publish information and ideas without censorship. Any restrictions on individual journalists or independent media outlets is considered a threat to freedom of expression. These can come in the form of laws, pressure or media monopolies. 

This freedom is considered central to the working of a democracy. Allowing individuals to express their opinions without interference makes it possible for voters to understand issues and to participate in the governing process. The internet has made it possible for both individuals and the media to express their opinions with great ease and to a wider audience.

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