General Article EU adopts new guidelines on freedom of expression

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New guidelines were released this week by the European Union Foreign Affairs Council specifically focusing on freedom of expression online and offline.

By Alice Kirkland


A new set of guidelines laid out by the EU, and contributed to by Index on Censorship, will specifically look at freedom of expression both online and offline, and includes clauses, among others, on whistleblowers, citizens’ privacy and the promotion of laws that protect freedoms of expression.

According to the Council of the European Union press statement, freedom of opinion should apply to all persons equally, regardless of who they are and where they live, affirming this freedom ‘must be respected and protected equally online as well as offline’.

Significant consideration within the EU Human Rights Guidelines on Freedom of Expression Online and Offline, adopted on 12 May, is paid to whistleblowers with the council vowing to support any legislation adopted which provides protection for those who expose the misco...

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