‘Your Right to Express Yourself!’- Freedom of Expression Module
24 April 2020 4:58 pm
‘Your Right to Express Yourself!’ introduces the concept of the Right to Freedom of Expression, with a special focus on exercising this Right with responsibility in educational institutions. Through an interactive theory-practice mix, this kit will help you acquire a basic understanding of the Right to Freedom of Expression. Additionally, this kit will also help you relate the theory to real-life instances and events, thus helping you to build your own perspective. All the activities in this kit are segregated by age, and have been indicated accordingly.
What exactly is the Right to Freedom of Expression?
Communicating with each other and expressing ourselves freely is central to living in an open and fair society. Our right to seek, receive and share information and ideas, without fear or unlawful interference, is crucial for our education, to develop as individuals, help our communities, access justice, and enjoy all our other rights.
Article 19 of the UDHR states:
Everyone has the 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 and regardless of frontiers.
The Right to Freedom of Expression is also a fundamental right of every Indian citizen.
The Constitution of India under Article 19 (1) (a) guarantees to citizens the Right to Freedom of Speech and Expression. The Right to Freedom of Speech and Expression allows individuals to freely express their thoughts and ideas through any medium such as print, visual, and voice. This Right is not just about communicating ideas to others but also about being able to propagate other people’s views. This Right can only be restricted in exceptional cases, such as when someone incites violence. It strengthens the individual to actively participate in decision making and lead a fulfilling life.