Freedom of Expression: A Handbook for Lawmakers and Law Reform Advocates



This mini handbook is a tool for interested parties to analyze a law’s compliance with international law and best practices governing the freedom of expression. The mini handbook also references best practices which interested parties may use as a basis to reform laws or specific provisions that they determine may violate the right to the
freedom of expression. Key references include the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and reports issued by various bodies under the United Nations, and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights’ Declaration on Principles of Freedom of Expression and Access to Information (2019).

Each section contains a checklist of questions that consider international legal standards and best practices relevant to a specific topic under the freedom of expression— individuals may use specific checklists to determine whether a law complies with international standards governing access to information, the regulation of the media and online content, and privacy rights, among other topics.

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