demand to update and strengthen the international “instruments” for de
aling with racism, xenophobiaand intolerance, including hate speech, condescending statements on religions/blasphemy and
“cybercrimes” continue to stretch the
boundaries for freedom of speech, the way its constituted in theinternational convention for civil and political rights.Protecting freedom of speech, is a mentioned a high priority for the Norwegian government. Togetherwith other likeminded nations, we all agree that we will not accept language that limits the freedom of speech, something which we consider one of the most fundamental human rights aspect and crucial fora democratic society.In 2009, USA and Egypt initiated the work on a new consensus for a resolution on freedom of speech inUNs human rights council following the Canadian resolution being questioned the previous year. Thissucceeded after long and though negotiations. The Norwegian government supported this initiative.Norway support the work of UNs special reporter for human rights activists and UNs special reporter forfreedom of speech, the latter currently working on a report on access to electronic communication andfreedom of speech in the internet. The rapport will be finished by the end of the year. (2011 red. anm)By the end of March, there will be held an expert meeting on human rights and internet in Sweden. Thisexpert meeting is part of the work of the special reporter to the human rights council.
As part of our work with UNs human rights council, we also use something called “country hearing” –
Universal Periodic Review
to strengthen the work for freedom of speech. Meeting with countrieslacking freedom of speech, we bring forward the issue and ask them to implement suggestions for
improvement which we later use as a platform for “follow up” in the long run.
Freedom of speech on the internet and in social media is central areas of focus in the Organization forSecurity and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and it is also high up on the representant of freedom of thepress`s
-list. The problem was also raised at the 2010 Atsana summit, where it was agreed uponthat all attempts to limit access to the internet or social media in a member state, will be prosecuted by
of press representative” or some of the other member
s. The declaration of the 2010 summitis therefore a central
aspect of Norway’s commitment to protecting freedom of speech on the internet
and in social media.OSCEs representative for freedom of press launched 10 principals for freedom of speech and press.Principle 5, 6 and 7 revolve around internet as the first, truly global medium, and with a direct appeal toall countries to keep free and to stop all legislations threatening to limit it. In this respect, it must bementioned that we are only at the beginning of a technical revolution, and that the same principals mustapply to these methods of sending and receiving information.Norway supports the freedom of press representatives focus on freedom of speech on the internet.Based on this, the Norwegian government has included freedom of speech on the internet and in socialmedia as a central part in the Human rights work with the OSCE.