How might this right be relevant to my life?
This right is about being able to have your own opinions and to express them without government interference. This includes being able to receive and share information and ideas.
This right means:
- We are free to express our views in many ways. For example, through articles, books, internet, television, radio, public demonstrations, artwork, social media.
- All types of expression are protected for example, political, cultural, commercial, and artistic expression.
- We can hold and express unpopular opinions, including opinions which might shock others (although our right to do this can be restricted – see below).
- We can receive information from others e.g via magazines or exchange ideas e.g. by attending a debate.
- We have a free press. This means the media is not controlled by the Government.
- Journalists are protected from revealing their sources.
You can ask the public official about their decision or action and ask them to tell you how it was lawful, legitimate and proportionate.
If you can think of a way to deal with this situation or decision that is less restrictive to you then you can raise it with the public official as the decision may not be proportionate.