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Nineteenth article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Route to Human RightsArticle 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) establishes the fundamental right to freedom of opinion and expression. This right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas through any media. This right protects both individual and collective expression. It includes freedom of the press, freedom of artistic expression, and freedom of scientific inquiry. It also protects the right not to be molested on account of opinions expressed and the right to seek, receive and impart information and opinions, even if they are contrary to official opinion.

However, Article 19 is not absolute. Some types of expression, such as hate speech, incitement to violence or defamation, may be subject to reasonable restrictions. These restrictions must be established by law and be necessary to protect other rights or legitimate interests. In short, the right to freedom of expression protects the ability of individuals to freely express themselves and participate in public life and is an essential pillar of democratic and open societies.

The plaque with Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is on the walls of the Castroverde City Hall.

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