oa ESR Review : Economic and Social Rights in South Africa - The link between socio-economic rights and the decriminalisation of laws that limit freedom of expression in Africa : feature
Freedom of expression is recognised internationally as a cross-cutting right, one that is necessary for the enjoyment of all other human rights. The right to freely express oneâ??s views and opinion and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas is inextricably linked, in any society, to the ability of individuals to play a role in strengthening democracy and promoting good governance and respect for the rule of law. The right of freedom of expression, a critical component of which is a free media, goes a long way in ensuring greater enjoyment of socio-economic rights and a nation's overall development. The free exercise of this right is important in highlighting poor service delivery and exposing corruption, maladministration and mismanagement of public funds.
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