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The challenges of freedom of expression

Freedom of expression shows itself in a variety of ways that are often viewed as controversial. The spread of ideas is a fundamental human right, but not everyone is prepared to put speech on pedestal above other rights.

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Freedom of speech and expression continue to spark debates around the globe: from the release of WikiLeaks files, to caricatures of the prophet Muhammad, and from staging a rock concert in a church to publishing news about minorities. Wherever the issue emerges, it's often controversial and it often involves the media.

DW examines the background of the various contexts in which freedom of speech and expression is both fought for and restricted.




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