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  1. Freedom of expression: the necessity for a new debate
  2. Freedom of expression: a protection under review

Benjamin Cardozo, an American jurist of the 20th century, used to say that "Freedom of expression is the matrix, the indispensable condition, of nearly every other form of freedom?. As such, freedom of expression was recognised, as early as at the end of the 18th century, as a fundamental right in democratic societies, both in some European States and in the United States of America. Since then, it has gained a great level of protection in most of the modern societies and is seen as a human right for different reasons. First, the individual has a right to express his opinion as well as the public has a right to be properly informed. Then, the free flow of information in society allows for economic development and diversity of opinions in the public debate. The European Convention on Human Rights (hereafter ECHR) protects it in its Article 101.

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