Article 19

Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights “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 throug

 

h any media and regardless of frontiers.” Every single human, all seven billion of us, are born with the inalienable right to seek, receive, and impart information through any media, be it word of mouth or written, and regardless of the frontier, be it a book or on the Internet, and to do this without any interference. This declaration by the United Nations,

a political entity that is considered the highest political power in the world, states that any effort to censor the Internet is a violation of the basic human rights of every single person in the world.

In the words of Benjamin Franklin, “Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.” There is no threat to national security that is great enough to violate our basic human right to a free, uncensored Internet.

 

To see the full document of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, go here.

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