Since 1999 four leaders in the fight for freedom of expression, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression, the OAS Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, and ACHPR Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information, have joined together to issue joint statements reinforcing the importance of the right of freedom of expression worldwide, and have offered recommendations on how to strengthen this right. As time has passed, new technologies have emerged along with their attendant possibilities and challenges. These declarations address a wide range of topics, offering word of hope, words of caution, and consolidating global ideas, methods, challenges, and best practices. The importance and relevance of these joint declarations have been highlighted by their use in international court decisions relating to freedom of expression.
Joint Declarations on freedom of expression
- Joint declaration on the protection of freedom of expression and diversity in the digital terrestrial transition
- Joint Declaration on publication of confidential information, openness of national and international public bodies, free expression and cultural/religious tensions, and impunity in cases of attacks against journalists
–In 2006, the recently appointed Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights joined the process for the first time.
- Joint Declaration on regulation of the media, restrictions on journalists and investigating corruption
- Joint Declaration on freedom of expression and the administration of justice, commercialisation of freedom of expression and criminal defamation
- Joint Declaration on countering terror, broadcasting and the internet
- Joint Declaration on racism and the media
- Joint Declaration on the right to freedom of expression generally, regulation and responsibility of the media, access to information, defamation and prevention and investigation of attacks against freedom of expression